How do you know if you have bite misalignment? There are some symptoms that you should look out for. The best way to know is to make an appointment at Rolling Oak Dental, your San Antonio Dental Clinic, and get it checked out. But here are some symptoms that tend to indicate that something is out of alignment with regards to your bite and that you should definitely come in and get it checked out.
Bite Misalignment Symptoms
Bite misalignment, or an incorrect seating of how your teeth fit together when you bite down, can occur in different ways and with different symptoms. Some bite misalignment problems can cause quite a bit of discomfort or pain. You may not even realize that the pain you are experiencing has anything to do with your teeth or bite misalignment.
Some misalignment problems can cause pain in the jaw area or your ear, it can cause headaches and even sometimes sinus pain. It may at times result in clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth at night. Damage to your teeth can also occur if your bite is not properly aligned such as chipping, cracking or wearing down of teeth.
If some of your teeth are sensitive to cold, it is possibly being caused by some kind of misalignment of your bite. Some teeth may be taking an extra pounding if any part of that tooth strikes before the rest of the teeth contact during closure.
Keep an eye out for severe wear on your teeth, as this is likely another sign that your bite is not in harmony. Worn off enamel from the top of your teeth may expose the darker colored surface called dentin. Once you have worn down the enamel coating from your teeth, they can wear down as much as seven times faster than the much harder enamel that you’ve already worn through.
If you come in, we can evaluate what is causing this wear. It can be especially damaging when it is on your front teeth, so if you notice your lower front teeth are showing some wearing down, have your bite checked as soon as possible.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the main jaw joint right in front of your ear. TMJ as a term is also often referring to a disorder or dysfunction of that joint. This is alternately sometimes referred to as TMD. When your bite does not fit together properly, this can result in pain and even cracking sounds in that jaw joint, usually referred to as TMJ. If your bite is misaligned, correcting this will likely resolve or greatly relieve any TMJ issues.
Causes of Bite Misalignment
If a new filling or crown is too high, even if only very slightly, it can throw your overall bite out of alignment. It may hurt or feel just a bit too high when you clench your teeth, in which case it is probably not in perfect harmony and should be adjusted.
Biting on a filling or a crown that is not perfectly fitted can cause the tooth to become tender or painful possibly sensitive to cold. In addition to the sore tooth, the jaw muscles may also become sore as they try to avoid striking the high tooth.
Get Your Bite Checked
When a problem with your bite is causing or at least contributing to pain or discomfort it can usually be corrected without any invasive procedures. Come in to our San Antonio Dental Clinic for an examination and we can determine if you have any bite problems and assess the degree of any malocclusion. As well, we will discuss all options with you to correct the problem.