Age and Wear on Teeth and Jaw
As the body ages, so does the bite. Natural teeth wear at different rates from years of dental work. For example, fillings and crowns can be made from amalgam, precious metals, ceramics, or other materials. The different materials within your mouth wear at different rates and can cause improper alignment of the teeth, forcing the muscles and tendons to work harder to compensate for any imbalances.
As we age, joints and cartilage are reduced in thickness. This changes angles and forces within the overall temporomandibular region. As you grow older, your teeth and bite change, potentially causing dental pain as well as many of the headache and jaw pain symptoms that can be treated by our TruDenta trained practice.
Head, Neck, or Body Trauma
The list of events that can cause head trauma is long. Vehicle accidents, sporting activities, even your baby bumping his or her head against yours can cause force-related symptoms in the head, neck, and jaw. Current symptoms may have been created years ago by an event long since forgotten or dismissed as minor. Head, neck, or jaw trauma could cause stretching or tearing of the ligaments and muscles along with other unseen or undiagnosed dental force imbalances and impairment.
Dental Repair and Orthodontics Pain
Symptoms may also develop due to poor adaptation to completed dental work, aged restorative materials, and, in some cases, poor adaptation of the patient to orthodontic changes. Wisdom teeth extraction can also be a potential source of dental force-related symptoms.
Stress, diet, posture, and frequent computer use
If you lead a stress-free life, congratulations! You are less likely to experience dental force-related symptoms in your head, neck, and jaw. For the other 99% of the world, stress and poor posture (such as from sitting in front of a computer for hours, or long commutes) can result in many of the symptoms listed above. Weight gain and improper eating habits can also contribute to head, neck, and jaw pain.