Aside from your teeth, there are plenty of other problems that can occur in our mouths over the years. One such issue is jaw pain or discomfort and which can worsen over time. But worry not, there are things your dentist in Green Square can do to help you out.
What to do if you have a jaw problem
Before making an appointment to come and see our dentist in Green Square, it helps to figure out if you have a real problem with your jaw or if it’s only temporary. Most people have issues with their jaws from missing teeth or occlusion and just get used to it, but for others it can be more severe, to the point where it can interfere with the quality of their lives.
But don’t get too worried, as there are signs to keep your eye on that will tell you if it’s serious condition and warrants a visit to your dentist in Green Square.
These signs might include teeth which are flattened and worn (from grinding), gaps in your teeth, or a loose feeling tooth, or maybe you have a toothache that seems to have no cause, or ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks? If any of these symptoms start to appear, then these are red flags that you shouldn’t ignore, so make an appointment and get yourself into the practice as soon as you can.
Booking your appointment
If you are concerned, your next step should be to book an appointment to see our dentist as soon as possible. We will be able to diagnose the cause of your problem and come up with a treatment option and plan to help you out. We’ll ask you about your reason for visiting so try to be as descriptive and informative as you can when you see us, as there are numerous causes your problems could stem from. The more information we can get from you the better!
For example, misaligned teeth can cause an uneven bite that leads to wear and flattening of the teeth. The temporo-mandibular-joint, TMJ, can also have a popping or clicking noise that is created from trauma from a fall or knock against a surface. The muscles in your jawbone itself could even be in the wrong position.
At the Healthy Smile Centre, our team have numerous options at our disposal to help with jaw problems, and we will do everything we can to leave you with a healthy, happy smile.
After our team has diagnosed the problem, there are several treatments that we might recommend. You may be offered relaxation therapy, that will help lower your stress levels and reduce clenching of your jaw. A diet change might be advised, where softer foods or a more liquid based diet would be involved.
In some cases, we might also recommend corrective treatment or surgery, or the replacement of teeth that are putting your natural bite out of position. Or our team could provide a mouth guard for you to wear at night to stop you from clenching and grinding your teeth which, left unchecked, could lead to continued wear on your enamel or a worsening of the tempero-mandibular-joint which causes the popping noises.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.