Do you find that you’re having difficulty chewing? Is this something that has been going on for quite some time (if not for the majority of your life), for a little while, or something that has just begun? Good news: While you’re not enjoying your current predicament, there are some reasons this may be happening. Better news: We offer treatment for all of them. To find out what’s going on with your oral health, contact us to schedule a checkup. In the meantime, let’s explore some common concerns that may be contributing to your discomfort.
Old Or Poor Dental Work
When your dental work is not what it should be (intact, fitting comfortably, balanced with the rest of your bite), it can cause problems with your chewing. Breaking down food, closing your teeth together, and speaking may all become difficult or uncomfortable. By replacing the work with new restorations (think dental crowns, bridges, or otherwise), we can restore your effective chewing.
An oral health issue known as a malocclusion may be disrupting your chewing – and it may have been doing so for some time. This is the clinical term for a poorly balanced bite, which may include improperly aligned teeth as well as your jaws. Seeking orthodontic care to align your bite will result in functional, comfortable chewing.
TMJ Disorder Or Bruxism
Functional disorders with your teeth and jaws can result in challenging and even painful chewing. Here’s what you need to know about these oral health concerns: Bruxism (grinding and clenching of your teeth) can result in sensitive or eroded teeth, which can lead to chewing trouble. TMJ disorder (jaw joint problems) can include jaw strain and discomfort, so the chewing motion hurts. We offer treatment to relieve pain, prevent additional damage, and improve function.