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Is my jaw the cause? My teeth? Should I get braces?

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Posted by: asdfghjkl  (8 years ago)
I get really frequent headaches and my jaw pops and hurts sometimes, I also have a "deep bite" it's not horribly severe you can see a tiny very bit of my bottom teeth. I was wondering if this sounds like a jaw problem? And if so would a tmj splint and then braces help?
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I get really frequent headaches and my jaw pops and hurts sometimes, I also have a "deep bite" it's not horribly severe you can see a tiny very bit of my bottom teeth. I was wondering if this sounds like a jaw problem? And if so would a tmj splint and then braces help?


Deep bites are very destructive for a number of reasons, and should be corrected orthodontically. I have seen many TMJ symptoms dissapate after orthodontics, but it does not happen every time.
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Posted by: BiometricsInDentistry  (8 years ago)
That should be a good solution, of course that depends on the dentist doing the work. Where are you located and we can make a good recommendation? I work with dentists in the TMD (TMJ dysfunction) arena and might be able to make some recommendations.

The Dentist will want to make sure that the condyle, or head of the joint, is in the correct position. There is a disc which is supposed to keep the TMJ lubricated during opening, and it sometimes gets overstretched. It clicks because it is moving back to the correct position when you open. By moving the Jaw to a position where the disc is in the proper place (using a splint), then moving the teeth into place to keep the dimension stable should do the trick.

I'd recommend a dentist who uses a JVA (joint vibration analysis) - a non-invasive 30 second test to accurately tell the health state of your joint (that's my 2 second commercial there ;-).
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