TMJ Orthotics

TMJ Orthotics

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

TMJ Orthotics

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

Dr. Benjamin Polan helps fix your bite with TMJ orthotics in Beverly, MA

Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics

Everybody’s jaw and teeth have slightly different ways they fit together, and when the natural order for your jaw and teeth are just a tad off your mouth doesn’t work quite the way it should. Eventually, your jaw muscles begin to do work they weren’t designed to do, which involves attempting to bring your jaw back to its correct arrangement.

How does this imbalance happen?

Teeth that have been chipped or ground down from night grinding and a jaw out of alignment are common causes for TMJ disorders. Sometimes, the issues caused by bedtime teeth grinders can be resolved with a simple mouthguard. If necessary, a dentist can custom fit one of these mouthguards for you. In addition to relieving your TMJ disorder, this mouth-guard can also release some of the pressure put on your teeth and cut down on teeth grinding damage.

A misaligned jaw can often be fixed with a dental orthotic, which is basically a brace or a TMJ splint. A TMJ orthotic is worn over your bottom back teeth. Nobody can see these braces and they serve to prevent your jaw from overworking and help return it to a healthier function.

Another potential solution is teeth replacement. By using crowns or veneers, these chipped or missing places can be repaired by your dentist. In fact, if all your teeth are damaged, a dentist can also do a full mouth restoration. Not only will your dental damage be fixed, but you will also have a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.

Do any of these symptoms describe you?

As much as we might wish it wasn’t so, our aesthetics are more and more important in today’s day and age. Nobody wants to miss out on a date, or be turned down for a job for something like obvious dental shortcomings. Dr. Benjamin Polan is an experienced TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA who can help you achieve the smile you desire, whether it’s for aesthetic purposes or to get rid of that chronic TMJ pain.

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Unbalanced Bite

Unbalanced Bite

Unbalanced bite can be a pain in the neck

Unbalanced Bite

Unbalanced bite can be a pain in the neck

Balance your imbalanced bite in Beverly, MA with Dr. Benjamin Polan

Unbalanced bite can be a pain in the neck

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. There are a number of symptoms associated with TMJ disorders that range from annoying aches to searing pains. While there are a wide variety of symptoms, the primary cause of TMJ is a unbalanced jaw or bite. TMJ disorders occur when your upper and lower teeth align in a way that is unnatural for your jaw.

When your teeth are misaligned, it puts a strain on the muscles in your jaw, face, head and neck which in turn stresses the nerves that run through them. The tired muscles cause TMJ aches and the compressed nerves cause the TMJ pain. Since your whole body is composed of muscles, nerves, bones and joints that are all connected, the pain and strain can extend downward to your neck, shoulders and back. Some people experience a tingling or numbness in their fingers, hands or arms.

What causes the imbalance?

The more obvious indications of a misaligned bite are an underbite, overbite or crossbite, however, TMJ does not have to result from misaligned teeth. There are some instances where the teeth appear to align evenly with each other, but the muscles and joints are still in an uncomfortable position relative to the jaw. TMJ also results from poorly restored teeth, missing teeth, thumb sucking, certain types of trauma to the jaw and habits developed during childhood.

During childhood, the tongue is largely used in the development of your jaw. The tongue, in its natural position, exerts force on the upper arch of your mouth to assist in jaw development. When this force is not present, the jaw will not grow to its potential. Also, allergies and other conditions that cause a child to breathe through the mouth can cause a misaligned jaw because the tongue is forced downward rather than upward to allow air to enter.

A misaligned bite can throw your whole body off

A misaligned bite may cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth, changing your facial appearance as the space between your teeth diminishes. Jowls, premature wrinkles, and creases that an unbalanced bite cause to form at the sides of your nose and mouth are not physically painful, but can be distressing nonetheless.

You may begin to hunch your shoulders or slide your head forward in an attempt to compensate for the pain, causing postural problems. These types of changes to your facial appearance and body posturing may not be immediately noticeable since they occur over time as your body tries to adjust.

Balance out your bite

Dr. Benjamin Polan is a TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA who specializes in neuromuscular dentistry to treat TMJ disorders. Rather than focusing on just your joints and teeth as is done with traditional dentistry, Dr. Polan recognizes the relationship between your bite, your jaw and the muscles in your body. He focuses his efforts on the health of your posture, your range of motion and your muscular functions.

A consultation with Dr. Polan will determine the correct posturing for your jaw and which of the various types of restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges, or orthodontics would be effective to restructure your teeth.

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Airway Issues

Airway Issues

Not having a good night sleep?

Airway Issues

Not having a good night sleep?

Not having a good night sleep? See Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA

Not having a good night sleep?

Breathing problems such as allergies or an underdeveloped jaw can cause TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction). TMJ is a prominent cause of snoring and sleep apnea. As we all learned in the famous song of our early years, the jawbone is connected to every other bone in the body. This is why TMJ is so important, because an improperly aligned jaw can cause misalignments throughout the entire rest of your person.

TMJ and jaw position

The tongue is directly connected to the jaw bone and serves to support the dental arch. A misaligned bite will affect the resting position of the tongue during sleep, which in turn and will negatively affect breathing.

Problems often begin very early in childhood, for instance, when a child that suffers from allergies is unable to breathe very well through their nose, they default to mouth breathing. Now the child is no longer achieving the dental arch support. The subtle difference is enough to alter how a child’s upper jaw develops making TMJ related airway issues.

Some causes of TMJ are an unbalanced bite, skull deformation during birth, injury or trauma, missing teeth, genetics or even unbalanced dentistry. A common indicator of TMJ is sleep apnea, which can lead to many more health issues if left untreated. A TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is skilled in understanding the myriad symptoms pointing to TMJ airway issues, and so can inform you on effective treatments for sleep apnea.

Snoring: More than just an annoyance

Snoring has become so commonly accepted that it gets reduced to being something to poke fun at. Many of us briefly experience snoring when we have a cold, but when it becomes chronic, further health problems can arise. This is actually one of the airway issues TMJ can cause by constricting the upper airway.

When we sleep, the body naturally goes into a deep breathing mode. Obstructive sleep apnea results in the vibration of the soft tissues, which causes them to become inflamed and swell. The danger with sleep apnea is how air is prevented from reaching the lungs for at least 10 seconds. When left untreated, it can also lead to cardiovascular disease, acid reflux, depression and more.

Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is an accredited dentist who has studied extensively in the field of dental sleep medicine and remains at the forefront of knowledge in this area of treatment.

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