The health of your jaw is a vital part of good oral health. Your jawbone can suffer from diseases which can compromise your oral health and overall wellbeing. Only a dentist can properly diagnose if your jawbone is unhealthy.
If you have frequent headaches in the morning or wake up to a sore jaw, then your jaw might be unhealthy. Do not disregard symptoms in the jaw area. Call your Smiles Nambour dentist right away.
Common Diseases Of The Jaw
Your jaw may be suffering from one of the following conditions:
- Bruxism – This is the unconscious excessive grinding of teeth, which usually happens at night during sleep. As the upper and lower arch meet, your teeth are chipped, flattened, fractured, and in severe cases come loose. The muscles in the jawbone tighten and may even lock, making it difficult to close or open.
- Malocclusion – Malocclusion is the collective term for bite defects that spring from abnormal jaw growth. The upper jaw could be smaller compared to the upper jaw, or vice versa. This causes teeth misalignment and bite difficulty.
- Jaw infection– A dental abscess from untreated dental cavities can reach and spread to the jawbone. Once the infection reaches the jawbone, pain in the mouth or jaw, swelling of the jaw, and fever are experienced.
- TMJ disorders – This is a collection of jaw diseases involving the TMJ or the temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint. This is the sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. Combinations may include bruxism, earache, or clicking and popping of the jaw.
- Osteonecrosis – Also known as “death of the bone”, Osteonecrosis happens when the blood supply in the jaw bone is not enough to keep it healthy. This is common in cancer patients taking antiresorptive medications, or in some cases of tooth extraction. The jawbone receives less blood, until it slowly dies causing a heavy feeling in the jaw, tooth loss, and visible jawbone in the mouth.
- Jaw trauma – Accidents may cause jaw trauma. Contact sports for instance can ruin teeth and damage the jawbone.
Treatment at Smiles Nambour
Treatment depends on the disease and the severity of the condition.
For instance, mild bruxism can be managed using jawbone exercises and wearing night splints. Treating malocclusion is easy with our orthodontic treatments. Jaw trauma can be avoided by using the correct sports equipment such as a mouthguard.
If you are suffering from any symptoms of the above diseases, contact your Smiles Nambour dentist right away. Only your dentist can properly assess the disease and create a treatment plan for you.
Quality Service By Smiles Nambour
To achieve good oral health, you must be mindful of your jawbone’s health. Do not brush a symptom away. Call Smiles Nambour for help.
Call (07) 5441 4438 or visit us at 4/104 Currie St., in Nambour.