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Could misaligned teeth cause TMJ issues?

Could misaligned teeth cause TMJ issues?

Yes: Misaligned teeth or a malocclusion can definitely contribute to jaw pain and TMJ problems. Your dentist can advise you of the relationship, or may choose to refer you to an orthodontist for evaluation of your misaligned teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Teeth Whitening (Definition)

Teeth whitening is a treatment of the tooth to reduce pigments so enhancing their appearance and reducing discoloration. Usually the outer enamel is lightened using an oxygen releasing carbamide product for extrinsic bleaching, but when access to the pulp chamber is possible, intrinsic bleach with a stronger reagent that can significantly reduce the color. Dr neil mcleod dds ...Read more


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Piece of play card paper stuck in my misaligned teeth, how can I make sure i get all of it out?

Piece of play card paper stuck in my misaligned teeth, how can I make sure i get all of it out?

Floss: Inter dental cleaning aids like floss or the various alternatives you will find at your local pharmacy should take care of it. Be sure to get all foreign bodies out of the area as they can lead to local infection and discomfort if they are allowed to remain. ...Read more

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Getting Straight Teeth (Checklist)

See an orthodontist
Once
See a dentist trained In cosmetic dentistry
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Impacted wisdom teeth & 2 extra teeth. Do I have to extract all? With misaligned teeth #’s 8, 9, 26, 25, 24, 23, can I get braces w/o extracting?

Impacted wisdom teeth & 2 extra teeth. Do I have to extract all? With misaligned teeth #’s 8, 9, 26, 25, 24, 23, can I get braces w/o extracting?

Consult needed: These types of questions cannot be answered with a blanket yes or no answer. We need a one on one clinical exam, a full set of x-rays, often study models & a careful evaluation of your particular situation. Even then, it usually requires a thorough & comprehensive discussion to explain it all to you. I strongly recommend you consult the best Oral Surgeon & Orthodontist for a joint consultation. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist or oral surgeon for evaluation
once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain the teeth or if they are impacted
once
Take NSAIDs if you experience pain or swelling from the wisdom teeth
daily
Rinse with warm salt water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth.
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Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Possibly: Third molars which almost always have inadequate room should be removed. Perhaps your bruxism will then go away. If bruxism continues then night guard s also. ...Read more

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During last few months when i wake up, my bite is aligned ok, but throughout day it becomes misaligned with certain teeth touching more when biting.

During last few months when i wake up, my bite is aligned ok, but throughout day it becomes misaligned with certain teeth touching more when biting.

Swelling in disc: Traumatic occlusion or para functional habits could be leading to inflammation of the disc that your jaw rests on .....As the inflammation causes swelling the teeth don't seem to fit together right. Usually 600 to 800 mg ibuprophen three times a day for one month will resolve but what habit is causing this problem ? Injury or repetitive activity. Soft diet would be helpful too. ...Read more

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Can someone who has had TMJ arthroscopy surgery feel misaligned in his teeth afterwards?

Can someone who has had TMJ arthroscopy surgery feel misaligned in his teeth afterwards?

Yes: A slight amount of fluid may be present in the joint and cause the bite to feel off. This usually subsides after a week or so. Teeth should not really shift after arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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How misaligned do a child's teeth have to be for her to need braces at age 9?

How misaligned do a child's teeth have to be for her to need braces at age 9?

Individual decision: Age nine and ten are too often referred to as the ugly duckling stage of tooth development. All kind of changes going on in the mouth. Evaluation of the tooth sizes to arch lengthen, a skeletal analysis, and the eruption pattern. What looks awful now may not be so bad as it looks. Two stage ortho is common enough. Early treatment can have advantages is some cases, but not routinely. ...Read more

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Is my underbite skeletal? When i was young, i have a perfect bite but when my permanent teeth pop out my teeth are misaligned and i had an underbite.

Is my underbite skeletal? When i was young, i have a perfect bite but when my permanent teeth pop out  my teeth are misaligned and i had an underbite.

Ask: Ask a qualified Orthodontic Specialist who treats problems like yours all day long every day. The Orthodontist can tell you, to a high level of certainty, whether your malocclusion is dental, skeletal, or both, just by examining you. A skull (cephalometric) x-ray would confirm the observational opinion. Go see an Orthodontic Specialist, initial exam usually free or low cost. ...Read more

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I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

No: Swelling or a misplaced cartilage in your TMJ can cause downward displacement of the back of your lower jaw. This is first seen as your back teeth not meeting normally. Keep in close contact with your treating dentist to see if it a swelling issue or if the cartilage needs to be recaptured to the proper location. ...Read more

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I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

No: Requesting tooth extractions does not qualify a dentist as an orthodontic specialist. A 10, 000+ hour post-dental school residency in orthodontics is required. An orthodontist will only do orthodontics, not cleanings, fillings, caps, etc. As an adult, with jaws that are no longer growing, you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

It is all connected!: The TM Joint can refer pain down into the neck, shoulder and arm. Our bodies brace when we experience pain. If left untreated, the pain can spread throughout our entire head and neck area and into the shoulder and arm.
Schedule an evaluation as soon as you can to get to the bottom of the problem. ...Read more

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Misaligned jaw/crossbite?I had braces before and don't wear my retainer.Do i need braces again to fix?Also my teeth hit when talking and arent lined up

Misaligned jaw/crossbite?I had braces before and don't wear my retainer.Do i need braces again to fix?Also my teeth hit when talking and arent lined up

Relapse: If you've had orthodontic treatment and did not wear your retainers as directed, you teeth may have started to shift back to their former position, causing the symptoms that you describe. You will further ortho treatment to correct the relapse. Talk to a local orthodontist regarding your options. ...Read more

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I will have my wisdom tooth extracted later because it makes my tooth misaligned and it is impacted. Should i request to have retainers after?

I will have my wisdom tooth extracted later because it makes my tooth misaligned and it is impacted. Should i request to have retainers after?

Get a consult: If you had previous orthodontia, consult with that provider before getting the surgery so you have a guided plan for retention. There may be other indications to get your third molars out, so take those into account but get everyone's input to play it safe. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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Early Loss Of Baby Teeth (Definition)

After millions of years of evolution mother nature has created a time-table for both the eruption and loss of baby teeth, and the eruption of permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely it can adversely affect arch alignment and the eruptive process of the underlying permanent tooth, increasing the probability that your child may need braces. Please discuss ...Read more