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Have Malocclusion Malaise Bite The Dust And Go Away!

Occlusion is the medical term for the contact, and the relationship between a person's upper teeth, known as the maxillary teeth, and his lower teeth, also called mandibular teeth. In simpler words, occlusion is the general term for biting, chewing, clenching, grinding, gnashing, or any mouth movement that closes the jaws together. It may seem like something unimportant and negligible, but a person's occlusion is an essential factor in maintaining a healthy oral condition, particularly the positioning, and the alignment of the teeth's occlusal surface (or chewing surface).

Occlusions come in three classes, depending on how a person's dentition come in contact during a bite, and a Class I occlusion is considered as normal or desired. The other two classes are considered as a malocclusion, which should be attended by a dentist or orthodontist immediately as they can lead to serious health issues.

Malocclusion, also known as "bad bite," is a dental condition where a person's bite is not normal. Any inconsistencies with a person's occlusion can be caused by numerous factors such as too many or too few teeth, crooked teeth alignment, unproportioned mouth and jaw, and deformities in the jaw such as cleft palate. It may also be developed from improper mannerisms, and habits such as thumb and finger sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting.

A malocclusion can be classified into two types. Class II Malocclusion, known as the overbite, is when a person's lower teeth are positioned way behind his upper teeth when biting, almost reaching the gum lining. On the other hand, Class III Malocclusion, known as the cross bite or under bite, is when the edge of the lower dentition touches, or is in front of, the edge of the upper dentition.

Normally, the lower teeth should be just behind the upper teeth during a bite. When the upper and lower teeth come together, a light exchange of force occurs between them. Biting and chewing should require minimal effort, and a person should not experience discomfort or pain in his mouth if he has a normal occlusion. However, a person with malocclusion may feel a little uncomfortable with the positioning of his teeth when he bites, or he may need to exert a little more force.

Although it may not be noticed at first, a person with malocclusion will experience difficulty in chewing and speaking, and in the long run, may suffer from tooth damage, gum bleeding and facial pain.

A malocclusion does not only affect the teeth, but also the gums, jaws, facial muscles, and even the neck and head. The movement of the jaw is controlled by numerous facial muscles. If a person has a misaligned bite, some muscles may require additional force, which can cause strain and damage to the facial tissues and ligaments. A bad bite can be the reason behind tooth sensitivity, tooth movement and loss, jaw joint noises and jaw pain, chronic headaches and shoulder pains.

It is important to have a person's misaligned bite checked and assessed by a dentist near Rockville, MD for proper and immediate treatment. With proper care, and oral health maintenance, severe malaise caused by malocclusion will "bite the dust" and disappear.

My Jaw Is Making Noise And Clicking

Is jaw clicking normal?

Do you sometimes have migraines or even neck pain? Some people even complain of back pain and the pain seems to mysteriously appear for no obvious reason.

Has anyone ever mentioned that it may be a problem with the joint in your jaw? We mean the joint on either side of your jaw very close to your ears. This is the joint that does all the work when you chew or yawn or cut food with your teeth. If you touch that area and open and close your teeth, you will feel the joint moving. Do you feel it move? Do you feel a clicking when you move? Do you feel a grinding like there is sand between the jawbone and your skull? If it clicks or grinds, that is not normal!

Temporo Mandibular Joint

This joint is not talked about or discussed that often and yet and is the harbinger of many pains in the body. The joint otherwise known as the Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ), can be the problem for neck, head or back pain…not to mention jaw locking or limited opening of the mouth.

Clicking Noise in Jaw

Another indicator of the Dysfunction of this joint, a problem called Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction or TMD, is clicking or noise in the jaw joint. You may hear it when you yawn or chew or feel the area near your ears and it is not a natural thing. It is indicative of wear in the joint (TMJ). Sometimes this symptom of joint anomaly is painless, and at other times it is associated with pain. Like the joint at your knees or elbow the cartilage can wear down or there could be wearing of the joint itself. Unlike the knee there is a medical way for a replacement of this joint but you really do not want to go to that point.

There may be an easy way to correct the situation before it becomes an issue or cause pain. Start when you notice the clicking. However if you already have discomfort, there may be a solution to reverse or at least stabilize the situation.

A joint check should be an integral part of a checkup when you are a new patient at any dental clinic. If there is no problem when your jaw moves left or right there may never be a problem. However if the dentist notes clicking of the joint when he checks or notes wear on the teeth from grinding, then it is time to pay attention. TMD can be present without any pain.

Four major factors that affect joint health are: 1.Life style or stress levels 2.Occlusion of the teeth or how the teeth fit 3.Muscles of the jaw 4.Internal workings of the joint itself: disc, cartilage, ligaments, bone

So if you have some unidentified pain in the neck, migraines or even back pain, call a dentist.

For more information contact Willow Dental Care Vancouver Dentist