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    Years of Mismatched Dental Work Can Leave Bites Out of Whack

    Have you visited the same dentist your entire life? Most people haven’t. Life happens. You take a new job, you decide to make a fresh start and you move. When you do, you find a new daily routine, a new doctor, grocery store and even dentist. Over the years, dental work done here and there, as needed, can cause changes in the overall fit of teeth. A crown here, an implant there, some fillings over there ... it can create a shift in the balance of your bite. When your bite is out of alignment, things can get painful. Misaligned Bite Can Cause Pain and Even TMJ Disorder  Malocclusion, or a misalignment of the bite, can occur for many reasons. Some of these include: Pacifier or thumbsucking as a child Extra teeth Missing teeth Impacted teeth Misshapen teeth Cleft lip or palate Not only does a misaligned bite cause pain, but...
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    Solutions for TMJ Disorder Pain

    The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is what connects your jaw to your skull. It works as a sliding hinge that can be felt by placing your hands in front of both ears on either side of the face. According to the TMJ Association, disorders involving the TMJ are poorly understood, even though 12 percent of the American population have them.  Natural Solutions for TMJ Disorder  The National Institute of Health recommends a conservative approach when treating TMJ disorders. Simple, reversible treatments should be attempted first before considering aggressive, permanent options, according to Dr. John Pappas, DDS, of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Every time you talk, swallow, chew, yawn or laugh, your TMJ is in use," he said. "Sometimes, something as simple as correcting posture or learning exercises for your jaw can bring huge relief to this overused joint." Surgery for TMJ Disorder Often hailed as a last resort, jaw...
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