Deformation of the skull
Something as simple as ‘being born’ may be the cause of TMJ
Here’s how it happens . . .
Entering this world – physically arriving on this planet by being born – can be a dangerous and abrupt event. You are minding your own business, warm and content in your mother’s womb. Suddenly, you are being forced down a dark alleyway and pushed into the bright, light of day.
While the situation should be a happy occasion, it can cause long term issues if there are problems during the labor and delivery process. There are times, even if the birth is relatively uneventful (as far as births go) that the physical effects cause lifetime pain and discomfort.
A newborn baby’s skull is soft and pliable, complete with gaps between the plates of bone. While the brain continues to grow, reaching its full size, these gaps close as the bones also continue to grow. During a head-first delivery, significant pressure on the baby’s head is caused by the narrow birth canal. This excessive pressure can mold and shape a baby’s head into an oblong shape. Depending on the amount and duration of pressure, the skull bones could overlap.
How is that related to TMJ?
Pressure and force exerted on a baby’s head during the birthing process affects the shape and development of the skull and the bones in the head and face. As all bones, muscles, ligaments and body parts are connected, if one of these is misaligned, it may have an affect on the development and function of everything else, altering the development of your TMJ and possibly will result in the misalignment of your jaws and skull bones.
Your compromised TMJ will eventually impact your mouth and cause a misaligned bite. An unbalanced bite – due to the deforming of your skull during birth – can have an impact on your entire body.
The way your teeth ‘mesh’ together is the single most important factor in your jaw muscles’ activity. An unbalanced bite creates muscle imbalance, resulting in pain, discomfort and irritation from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
Millennium Dental can diagnose your TMJ issues and provide treatment options – book a consultation with us if you are experiencing this type of pain and discomfort.