There are often many abnormal dental conditions or pathologies associated with a chronic TMJ disorder. Grab a hand mirror, take a quick look at your own teeth, and check for the following conditions:
- Have your lower front teeth become progressively more crowded?
- Are your front teeth worn down, chipped, or faceted?
- When you bite down on your back teeth do your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth so that they are mostly or completely covered?
- When you bite down on your back teeth, do your upper and lower dental midlines (the line between your two middle teeth) line up, or are they skewed?
- Do you have what looks like “Buck Teeth” or a large overbite?
- Are your gums receding?
- Do you have notches in your teeth at the gum line?
Open your mouth wide, put your pointer finger in each ear, and gently pull forward (towards your nose) and bite down on your back teeth. If you feel pressure against your finger or pain in this area, your jaw may be dislocated or inflamed, which can cause muscle spasm, pain, TMJ injury, nerve impingement, and/or swelling. These conditions can defer pain to other areas of the head and neck, causing adverse postural changes and often pushing our bodies beyond their ability to adapt and cope. A good example of the body compensation phenomenon is when the entire body shifts the weight and posture away from a sore ankle until the good ankle begins hurting because of overuse and overcompensation.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then we suggest a TMJ Preliminary Diagnostic Exam.