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A 25-year-old male asked:

Pressure in face and head when chewing tough meat. have tmj symptoms, bonding done, afraid of breaking teeth when chewing together. class 1 maloclussi?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Chrisman
Dentistry - Cosmetic 34 years experience
TMJ: Tmj is a structural problem of the jaw joint and thus requires a structural solution. Your bite and your jaw are not in harmony so the muscles try to help splint the joint creating the pain and muscle fatigue on chewing hard meat. Medications you are taking are hard on liver and kidneys and don't address the structural problem. Get a DX and some treatment by TMJ trained dentist.
Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
Dentistry 39 years experience
Keep diet soft and avoid hard foods. Also, forget about chewing any gum.
Apr 24, 2013
Dr. Harry Ringer
Dentistry 26 years experience
TMJ. ?: A lot of info. Grinding or clenching can be a cause of the pain symptoms as well as lead to TMJ issues. Parafunctional haits can also damage dental work like bonding. I am not sure of your malocclusion, but creating a balanced bite as well as a night guard may be a solution to your problem. See your dentist to confirm the occlusion and to make you a night guard or more if it is a TMJ issue.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Watch any difficult : Watch any thing difficult to chew. Avoid gum. Go to a dentist for tmd diagnosis. You can have tmd with any type of malocclusion b.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Forget tough meat.: You should refrain from "tough meat" or similar foods with a TMJ problem and if you are worrying about breaking the bondings.
Last updated Sep 15, 2015


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