Can New Dentures Relieve TMJ Symptoms?

Can New Dentures Relieve TMJ Symptoms?

Do you suffer from jaw pain on a regular basis? Have you noticed that your jaw sometimes feels stiff, or that it makes a clicking or popping noise when you open and close it? All of these issues can be symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. If you are experiencing these symptoms and also wear dentures, then it could be a sign that you need a new set of dentures. 

The Problem with Old Dentures

When you first get a new pair of dentures, you may find that they fit perfectly well. However, over the years, you may begin to feel as if your dentures are not quite fitting right. This is due to changes in your jaw bones. When you no longer have natural teeth, your body may resorb the bone that previously supported teeth. This can lead to looser-fitting dentures over time. It’s also common for dentures to become worn down with regular use, or to have been improperly fitted when they were first created. All of these issues can lead to a misaligned bite, which in turn can cause TMJ pain.

Jaw Alignment and TMJ

The root cause of TMJ symptoms is a misaligned bite. When the top and bottom rows of teeth do not line up properly, it is common for people to begin experiencing bruxism—clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth. These behaviors often occur when a person is asleep, though they may also happen during waking hours. Bruxism puts a lot of pressure on the temporomandibular joint—also known as the jaw joint—which leads to pain, stiffness, and inflammation. When you get a new pair of dentures that are properly fitted, you’ll be able to enjoy a correctly aligned bite. As a result, you’ll likely stop experiencing bruxism and TMJ symptoms.

You can rest assured that your new dentures will fit just right when you schedule an appointment at Right Bite Dentures in Ontario, OR. The dental team there has more than 25 years of combined experience and is committed to providing dentures that look, feel, and fit great. To schedule an appointment, call (541) 889-3750.