A misaligned bite and TMJ (jaw joint) problems can result in pain as well as destruction of teeth and supporting structures. When your teeth don’t fit together properly and/or your TMJ doesn’t function smoothly, pain and pressure results.
A long list of TMJ symptoms includes: unexplained head, neck, jaw or shoulder pain, migraine headaches, tooth wear, periodontal issues, clenching, grinding, and chronic earaches. Dr. Campbell assesses these problems in an advanced dental study.
A personalized treatment plan for bite correction may include:
- Splint therapy to stop further tooth destruction and provide a proper bite allowing the muscles and jaw to relax
- Equilibration - Balancing the bite by tooth reshaping to provide a stable and balanced bite
- Orthodontics to reposition teeth to meet all the ideal bite principles
- Restoring with crowns/bridges/partials/dentures to provide a stable and equilibrated bite