Occlusal Problems

iStock_000009803118MediumDental occlusion is another name for the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together. If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you can develop occlusal problems where your teeth move out of line, become worn or broken, and fillings and crowns may loosened.

Most commonly, patients with occlusal problems experience complications with their temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and jaw muscles. ‘TMJ’ stands for ‘temporo-mandibular joint’, which is the joint connecting your lower jaw and your skull. The movement in this joint lets you open and close your mouth and chew from side to side. With occlusal problems, the muscles that move the jaw have to work a lot harder and can get tired, causing muscle spasms. Contact us to find out how we can help with your occlusal problem.

How can I tell if I have an occlusal problem?

You might experience pain in the jaw joints, ringing or buzzing in your ears and difficulty in opening or closing you mouth, if the problem is related to your TMJ. With muscle related issues, you may experience prolonged headaches or migraines, (especially first thing in the morning), pain behind your eyes, sinus pain, and pain in your neck, shoulders, and back muscles.

Many people live with occlusal problems for years yet never have symptoms because they adjust to their problems. Then, in times of increased stress and tension, symptoms appear suddenly. Alternatively, your teeth and gums may be directly affected causing flattened and worn teeth, broken teeth fillings and crowns, teeth sensitivity, toothache with no apparent cause and loose teeth.