Causes of Pain Symptoms
When operating correctly, the jaw and its muscles should painlessly exert massive forces within your mouth. Your jaw and teeth are living, growing tissues. Teeth grow, wear and move throughout your lifetime. They can become affected, like any other tissues, if the forces (muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments) which power your jaw are unbalanced or creating improper forces. Many dental related problems can show up within your head, neck and jaw, not only associated with your teeth.
Some of the causes of pain symptoms may include:
Age and WearAs the body ages, so does the bite. Natural teeth wear at different rates from the dental work utilized on many patients. Fillings and crowns for example can be made from amalgam, precious metals, ceramics, etc. The different materials within your mouth can cause improper alignment of the teeth, and they force the muscles and tendons to work harder to compensate for the imbalances. As we age, joints and cartilage also are reduced in thickness changing angles and forces within the overall dentomandibular region. As you grow older, your teeth and bite change, potentially causing many of the symptoms that can be treated by Dr. Cheryl Freeman.
Head, Neck or Body Trauma, and/or Dental Repair and OrthodonticsPoor adaptation to completed dental work, aged restorative materials, or poor adaptation of the patient to orthodontic changes, can all be causes of symptoms.
Stress, Diet, Posture and Frequent Computer UseIf you are leading a stress free life, congratulations! You are less likely to have force related symptoms in your head, neck and jaw. For the other 99% of the world, stress and poor posture (such as from sitting in front of a computer for hours) can result in many of the symptoms outlined above. Weight gain and improper eating habits can also contribute to your head, neck and jaw pain.
Finally, there is an answer to why you are experiencing painful symptoms!
In many cases, patients examined by a TruDenta doctor, like Dr. Cheryl Freeman, are overjoyed just to know what might be causing their pain or discomfort. Many patients have already visited medical doctors, ear nose and throat specialists, neurologists and other less advanced dental offices without a diagnosis or pathway to care.
Prescription drugs, over the counter pain killers and anti-inflammatories are masking pain, not resolving the underlying problems. With Dr. Cheryl Freeman modern exam and diagnosis methods, it is possible that your force related symptoms can be diagnosed and treated quickly, painlessly and without the need for drugs or permanent mouth guards. Patients can often begin the pathway to lasting relief in less than 20 minutes!
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