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TMJ - TMD and Occlusal Imbalance
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD, often starts with an Occlusal Imbalance.
The term "occlusion" is used in dentistry to refer to the bite relationship. More specifically, this means the alignment of the jaw as the teeth come together along with the relationship of the upper and lower teeth. The lower jaw is a "u-shaped" bone, which has two joints at each end. When the bite relationship is aligned and functioning properly, the lower jaw is able to freely hinge at the joints and close together with the lower teeth contacting the upper teeth very evenly all the way around the arch. This creates a "solid bite."
When there is a misalignment in the bite relationship to the fully seated joints, then problems can develop. Dr. Paulen has received extensive training in the assessment, detection, and correction of occlusal issues, sometimes called "occlusal disease".
Some of the most common symptoms and consequences include:
- Frequent Headaches
- Clenching and Grinding
- Disturbed Sleep
- Broken Restorations
- Excessively Worn Teeth
- Endo or Root Pain
- Sore Jaw and Facial Muscles
- Neck Pain
Through a unique and gentle examination, Dr. Paulen will assess the mechanics of your bite and recommend various treatment options to relieve whatever stresses might be found.
It may be as simple as an "occlusal adjustment" to slightly recontour one or more teeth to adjust and balance your bite. Or, Dr. Paulen may recommend the use of a specially fabricated removable dental device that you wear at your leisure to help relax and relieve those nerves and muscles, thereby avoiding a possible headache. She even wears one herself!
Call Proud Smiles to schedule your complete occlusal exam.