What is Jaw Irregularity Treatment?
Jaw irregularities are often caused by orthodontic problems within the mouth. When the teeth aren’t able to come down into proper alignment, this can cause the jaw to shift out of place. Left untreated, these irregularities can cause damage to your teeth as well as problems with your TMJ. Treatment often involves complex orthodontic appliances that help to push and pull the teeth into place.
Why are Jaw Irregularity Treatments needed?
If you fail to correct your bite, you may find that you experience problems with wear and damage to your teeth as well as eventual pain and discomfort specific to your TMJ. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, and it is responsible for the fluid movement of the jaw bone. When your jaw isn’t closing properly due to a problematic bite, this can throw the whole joint out of position and cause eventual pain, swelling and discomfort.
Who is a candidate for Jaw Irregularity Treatments?
We will examine your teeth to determine if you may need jaw irregularity treatment. If you have issues properly closing your jaw, we may recommend further procedures to help. Some of the reasons you may need this type of treatment include:
- Open bites
- Under bites
- Gaps and spaces
- Cross bite
What happens during Jaw Irregularity Treatments?
Most often, jaw irregularities can be solved and corrected with orthodontic treatment. If you have severe issues with malocclusion and crowding, you can be expected to have several different appliances made for you to wear. These appliances work together to bring the teeth into more uniform alignment to help with the jaw opening and closing properly. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to help with jaw irregularities. If surgery is necessary, we will discuss this option with you during your consultation so that you know what to be prepared for. Once corrected, it’ll be easier for you to eat, swallow and take care of your teeth.
If you think you might need treatment for a jaw irregularity, call our office today and we will be able to get you in for a consultation appointment.