1. When teeth don’t fit together evenly most people will start to clench or grind their teeth.
Clenching and grinding leads to dental damage including worn or broken teeth as well as hyper muscle activity that can lead to head, neck, facial pain and possible joint damage. Think of it this way. If you go to the beach and put down your chair in the sand it will wobble because the sand isn’t level. But no one wants to sit in an uncomfortable chair all day. So you dig the chair in till it’s level. But if you took your chair to the parking lot where the ground is very hard, and you tried the same thing it wouldn’t work. All you’ll do is break the chair or hurt yourself in the attempt, but you won’t get the chair level. Clenching or grinding teeth is mostly an effort to get your teeth to fit without a wobble like the chair. The cause of tooth clenching or grinding is the wobble. When the wobble stops, so does the clenching or grinding.
2. When you clench and grind you are overworking your jaw muscles and if you over work them they will start to hurt.
Lift some weights at the gym or carry some heavy packages. If you are doing “bite ups” with your head and jaw muscles that is the same thing and might cause pain. But when you let the muscles relax by putting down the weights or packages, the pain stops.
3. Stress might make you more annoyed by the wobble but stress does not cause the head, neck, and facial pain.
Stress is like wind. Wind will spread a fire but unless you have a match to start the fire, wind by itself will not make a fire. The wobbly bite is the “match” to start clenching and grinding that might lead to dental damage, jaw damage or head, neck, and facial pain. Or all three.
4. The solution is to even the bite.
So the trick is to even the bite to stop the teeth clenching and grinding, the dental damage or head, neck, and facial pain. There are a number of ways that evening can be accomplished depending on your situation including a bite guard, dental equilibration and braces.
5. Diagnosis is the key to successful treatment.
TMJ is the name of the jaw joint. (Temporomandibular Joint.) Like elbow and knee, is the name of a joint. Everyone has two TMJ or jaw joints. So if you have head, neck, and facial pain it might be due to a number of possible problems. Dr. Simon’s patented and FDA approved Best-Bite Discluder can tell you in minutes whether or not your pain is from an uneven bite.