What is a misaligned Jaw?
It is impossible to say that any part of the human body is immune of facing any sort of damage and pain. This blog aims to talk about misaligned jaw symptoms and treatment. A misaligned jaw is a condition where a person’s upper and lower teeth do not perfectly meet.
Over biting is a condition where the upper teeth stick out more than the lower ones. If the opposite happens, it’s commonly known as reverse bite.
The symptoms of a misaligned jaw can be varied and complex: Pain, including tenderness in the jaw, pain in or around the ear, constant aching facial pain, difficulty opening the mouth fully, discomfort while chewing, a clicking or popping sensation in the joint, or locking of the joint that makes it hard to open or close the mouth.
Such condition is never easy to live with. However, due to advances in health technology, dentists and orthodontists have come across several treatment options for this problem.
Misaligned jaw symptoms
The impact is not only physical but emotional. A misaligned jaw causes interference with eating, breathing, sleeping, speaking, and even causes discomfort while the jaw is resting.
Problems vary from person to person depending on the scale of misalignment. However, doctors and experts in the field have identified three main issues that are faced by most individuals with the condition. These are as follows:
Difficulty in chewing
Unfortunately, a misaligned jaw causes the upper and lower jaw to crash into each other, resulting in pain and discomfort when chewing.
A misaligned jaw may force someone to breathe through their mouth, which can cause other health issues.
A misaligned jaw shapes your facial structure. Children who have been using pacifiers for along time, or sucking their thumb, may develop a misaligned jaw in their early years. Not only is your outer appearance is affected, but it can also make you feel really self conscious.
Solutions for a misaligned jaw
People suffering from this condition have several different treatment options available. The first step is always to book a consultation with a specialist orthodontist to assess your specific case.
- Correcting bad habits such as grinding the teeth or chewing gum. There’s an option of wearing a mouth guard at night, which could help prevent teeth from grinding.
- In some cases, orthodontic braces are another solution. These will gradually move the teeth in your jaw, to help with alignment.
- Surgery options - if your doctor recommends it. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon uses fixed plates, screws and wires to correct the problem. Usually this option is only necessary if there is a huge structural problem with the jaw and the rest of the options fail to ease the condition.
A misaligned jaw can cause immense pain and you should not let it persist. Seek immediate treatment to prevent it from getting worse. The first step is always to assess your condition and find out which is the right treatment for you.
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