Your oral health is not just about your teeth. The health of your jawbone is an important element of oral health as well. An unhealthy jawbone plagued with diseases affects can cause bite difficulty, dental problems, and a persistent headache.
If you are suffering from persistent headaches, or wake up to a sore jaw, you might have a disease of the jaw. Call and visit your A Supa Smile dentist right away. Only your dentist can properly diagnose the problem and offer a solution.
What Are The Common Diseases Of The Jaw?
Malocclusion – More known as bite defects, malocclusion is the condition in which teeth are not aligned properly because of jaw defects. Underbite, for instance, happens when the upper jawbone is smaller compared to the lower jawbone.
Bruxism – Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common condition suffered by many Australians. It involves the unconscious and excessive grinding of the upper and lower teeth. It is an involuntary action and usually happens at night, during sleep. The results are chipped, flattened, and even loose teeth.
Jaw infection (abscess) – A dental abscess can also appear in the jawbone when more minor conditions are left untreated for a long time.
Jaw trauma – This is very common among sports enthusiasts. A forceful blow to the jaw may cause the jaw to swell or even dislocate.
TMJ disorder – TMJ or the temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint disorder is a combination of a number of jaw defects that involve the TMJ or the sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to the skull. Symptoms may include bruxism, earache, clicking and popping of the jaw, and headache.
Osteonecrosis – Also known as the death of the bone (Osteo –bone and Necrosis –death), Osteonecrosis happens when there isn’t enough blood supply in the jawbone. This is usually suffered as a side effect of those taking antiresorptive medications. Cancer patients are the most likely sufferers, and in some cases, those who have recently had a tooth extracted may also suffer from osteonecrosis.
Treatment At A Supa Smile
Treatment for a disease of the jaw depends on the disease and its severity. For example, malocclusion is easily corrected through orthodontic work.
Bruxism, on the other hand, doesn’t have a universal treatment. Jaw exercises are often effective. Avoidance of stressors is also recommended to sufferers, and ultimately the use of night splints to protect the teeth.
It is important to remember that diseases of the jaw do not heal on their own or simply go away. They are not merely a phase and instead are serious conditions that need immediate attention before they cause permanent damage to your oral health.
Comprehensive Treatment At A Supa Smile
At A Supa Smile, we’re always finding ways to address your oral health problems including jaw diseases. We are a clinic that wants to address all dental issues and raise awareness about those issues that some patients are unaware of the consequences of.
If you think that you have a jaw disease, see your A Supa Smile dentist right away.
Call (03) 9723 0703 or visit us at 143 Maroondah Highway in Croydon.