Davisburg Specialists Discuss the Way a Bad Dental Crown Can Cause TMJ Symptoms

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

If you are experiencing jaw pain, aching facial discomfort, and are having problems chewing, opening and closing your mouth, you have come to the right place to get relief. As a specialist-driven practice, Metro Imaging Center’s Dr. Martin Fraschetti, Dr. Gary Wolford, and Dr. Jeffrey Ingber bring neuromuscular dentistry, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder-related, and jaw dysfunction training to bear to accurately diagnose and ease your symptoms with appropriate, effective treatment.

The Bite-Related Root of the Problem

One of the most prominent causes of this much-misunderstood condition (collectively known as TMD) is “malocclusion.” You may have dealt with malocclusion in the past if you’ve ever had braces to correct misalignment or bite problems. These issues with how the upper and lower teeth come together are, as it relates to TMJ symptoms, most commonly caused by tooth loss; however, dental crowns and other restorations can also cause these concerns. With time, restorations may become worn. You may also have a crown that needs to be adjusted, so it properly fits your mouth.

Any time your bite is altered in this manner, it can place undue pressure on the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Furthermore, if you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, this alone has been associated with inflammation around your TMJ issues. However, the consistent, excessive pressure placed on your teeth from untreated grinding or “bruxism” can also lead to wear on the restorations and can even cause restored and natural teeth to shift out of place.

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about TMD, which already boasts a number of common symptoms such as headaches that may be dismissed as just “every day” nuisances, especially in their early stages. Furthermore, issues with TMD may be mistaken for the likes of an ear infection since the pain can radiate from that part of the face.

These factors put a spotlight on the need to get a proper diagnosis from the specialists at Metro Imaging Center. If it is found a bad dental crown is causing your TMJ headaches, Dr. Ingber and his team can adjust the restoration or replace a worn crown and get you back to feeling better in no time. Call (248) 716-8572 to learn more about TMJ treatments.