Dentures and TMJ – What You Need to Know

Posted on 12/30/2018 by nh_dR9W

Wearing dentures can present a variety of different issues to deal with. People that suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) face their own set of challenges. When someone has to deal with both wearing dentures and TMJ, they could find out things they did not expect. They need to know how these two things affect each other.

The Possible Problems

Dentures can cause a variety of problems for the people who wear them. They can cause gum irritation and they can make it painful to chew at times. It is easy to blame the problems on the dentures. The problem is that some of the symptoms that people blame on their dentures are the same that people talk about if they suffer from TMJ. It is possible that people can miss a diagnosis of TMJ because they blame the dentures. This can create more problems if the TMJ gets worse.

TMJ is often a result of a bad bite. People that wear full or partial dentures may alter their bite because of the dentures. They may make changes in their way their dentures and jaw muscles work that can lead to struggles with TMJ. When you combine the problem of thinking the symptoms of TMJ are a result of the dentures and that the dentures can lead to TMJ, it is something people need to know about.

How Dentures Help TMJ

Dentures can cause or mask the symptoms of TMJ, but that does not mean they can’t help with those problems. Correcting the bite of the individual is one way to relieve the symptoms associated with TMJ. If the dentures are causing the TMJ because they create a bad bite, a new set of dentures that fixes the bite can relieve the symptoms.

Pain is a symptom that something is wrong in the body. When it comes to dentures and TMJ, it is never a good idea to ignore the symptoms of a problem. A trip to our offices can help figure out what is wrong and how to fix it.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to help with all your oral health issues.