Had an Injury / Trauma
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Sustaining an injury or experiencing physical trauma can add stress and strain to your body, especially placing additional tension on your head, neck, face, shoulders and back.
An injury or acute trauma to your jaws from a car accident, a severe fall, a punch to the face or any other intense physical impact to this area…can lead to damage to your muscles or your joints.
It’s all related…
Anytime your body absorbs the impact of a serious blow, it transfers the impact throughout the rest of your body, altering the function of the muscles and joints associated in your head, neck, face, etc. . . The end result? Discomfort and irritation related to TMJ. How? All the muscles, nerves, ligaments and joints of your body are very closely connected. For instance, if your back goes out, it has an effect on the neck. When the neck muscles are affected or traumatized, that can disturb the jaw muscles through the nerve signals that go to the brain.
The nerves in the jaw and neck muscles influence and alter the function of the other. That trauma or stress on the body eventually may result in tension in the jaw and head muscles.
Broken or missing teeth
A car accident, a severe blow to the face or any other physical trauma can easily lead to broken, chipped or missing teeth. When your mouth is operating without a full-set of properly working teeth, TMJ may occur.
Your teeth are set in bone from the moment you are born. As your teeth grow, they begin to shape your face, affecting your jaw and facial growth. If you are missing teeth and/or those teeth aren’t replaced, your jaw and ultimately your face will be affected and it will start to become misaligned.
A “bad bite” – in which your upper and lower teeth do not come together in proper alignment – dislocates the placement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles. This imbalance in the bite-jaw-muscle relationship causes facial pain. The added force and pressure on the teeth can result in the bone dissolving or contribute to extra boney ridges to build-up.
When your teeth are missing or mismatched, it leads to over-compensation by the jaw muscles, ending in a lopsided jaw. When your jaw formation is tampered with, it may lead to symptoms of TMJ.
Your posture strain becomes a greater issue if you have lost one or more teeth. The muscles of your back and neck are greatly impacted by an unbalanced jaw and this takes a significant toll on your spine and its alignment.
Injuries to your back, your hips, your knees and even your feet may affect the muscle activity of your jaw.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have experienced this kind of trauma, and you are in pain, please see Millennium Dental to diagnose it.