The range of possible dental disorders is wide and some are more easily recognized than others. It could be a bit perplexing to consider you may have a dental disorder without realizing it, but it’s actually more common than you might think. Some disorders have obvious symptoms that may have you running to our office. Others can be more subtle. Do you have facial soreness or pain? Surprisingly, these may be the result of a dental disorder. Our goal is to educate our patients on common and uncommon symptoms that may be a sign to visit our office and receive the required care to remedy these conditions.
A dental disorder is a disruption of your body’s natural process relating to your oral health. Despite its origins, it is important to understand symptoms may be experienced elsewhere in the body. For this reason, many suffer from ailments they don’t consider relevant to tell their dentist. However, as we are a medical provider we encourage you to share things that may not seem related – you never know! Here are a few to keep on the lookout, so you can better identify signs should something be amiss.
Bruxism is the name of “teeth grinding”, which is a condition that often presents itself during sleep when the patient cannot control themselves. Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of teeth, which may be loud enough to wake your sleeping partner. Unfortunately it can severely damage your teeth, leading to fractured, chipped, or worn down teeth that become very short in length, and may even expose the inner layers of your tooth. Bruxism can be managed, and it’s important to do so before it becomes more serious. A bad bite is believed to be one cause of bruxism. We can help pinpoint the cause and determine if braces may help you.
TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) is a dysfunction of the TMJ – a joint located in your jaw bone. TMD is sometimes known as “impostor syndrome” because it can mimic so many conditions, and it can be difficult to relate it back to a dental disorder. It can lead to pain in the jaws, cracking or popping sounds, migraines, numbness in the fingers and toes, lock jaw, or many other related issues. A common problem with TMD is that, in the event your symptoms include non-dental related pain such as migraines or numb extremities, patients may not tell their dentist (without realizing how closely related it may be) and find themselves unable to diagnose the problem and suffer with the consequences long-term. Orthodontics is one effective approach often used with TMJ disorder to help adjust the alignment of the TMJ and reduce or eliminate the symptoms. Treatment will depend upon many individual factors.
We understand some conditions may seem complex. Rest assured we are here to work with you to find a solution to your unique needs. If you feel one these conditions may apply to you or a family member, call our office to begin seeking relief today. We are here for you.
Miami Orthodontist Group
Miami, FL 33176