The Importance Of Balanced Jaw Movement

Do you think about your jaw movement? So many of the actions we perform with the jaw can feel automatic, as you can freely move your mouth to speak and eat while thinking little of what goes into these processes. With that said, people who have issues with poor jaw alignment and movement can have a difficult time ignoring that something is wrong with their efforts at basic movement. An uneven bite can lead to persistent pain and stiffness, and it can lead to uneven wear and tear on teeth. Our Los Angeles, CA dentist’s office can take action when this problem affects you. With the right service, we can improve on your bite alignment and movement so that you are not putting unnecessary strain on your joints and muscles!

Has Uneven Jaw Movement Created Problems For Your Oral Health And Quality Of Life?

It may be a surprise to hear that something like the movement of your jaw can be responsible for so much discomfort. We often think about issues like cavities ad gum disease when we picture poor oral health. For many people, what is needed is care to help change how bite pressure is applied and released. Imbalances create tension that can affect the nerves responsible for jaw movement as well as sensations in the face, neck, and head.

We Can Work With Patients Affected By TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder refers to problems with the joints, which can become out of alignment due to different factors. An evaluation of your bite movement can tell us whether this issue is something that you need resolved. If so, we can look at different options, like behavioral therapy and appliance therapy, to make the right corrections. We can also talk to you about the connection between your oral health, dental alignment, and bite function.

Other Matters That Concern Your Jaw We Can Treat

TMJ disorder is just one of several issues that concerns your jaw health and function, but it is one that can make new problems more likely to occur. For instance, people who have poor alignment and movement can become more susceptible to bruxism, which refers to persistent teeth grinding. Unfortunately, this can further disrupt your alignment and create issues for your teeth. Appliance therapy can fix this issue for you. Another problem that can be treated with appliance therapy is sleep apnea; when you have obstructive sleep apnea, an appliance can keep your airways open so that you can properly breathe.

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Better Jaw Movement

If you would like to learn more about the link between poor jaw movement and persistent pain, contact Ivan Lapidus DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA at 310-446-4867.