TMJ occurs when the joints in your jaw don't work properly. This can be caused by a variety of things, including teeth grinding, teeth clenching, arthritis in that joint, or an injury to your head or neck.
Fortunately, TMJ can be treated and the treatment isn't painful. It can involve a variety of things, but the simplest is an appliance that is worn all of the time, except when eating.
This realigns your bite and can help relieve the joint problem. If you have missing teeth this can be contributing to your problem and the pain it generates. Don't worry; there is a treatment for this as well.
How Can Partials Dentures Help?If you have missing teeth your jaw compensates for that by rearranging how it bites. That can cause your jaw to misalign and then cause you pain in the jaw joint.
If you have missing teeth the teeth around it may start moving and cause you more problems. The best thing you can do is to replace those teeth that are missing.
There are several avenues to take to replace missing teeth. Though implants are by far the best method they can be expensive and you have to have sufficient bone mass in your jaw to handle the implant. If you are not a candidate for implants or they are simply out of your price range you can opt for a partial denture.
A partial denture replaces the missing teeth and the denture itself is anchored by the teeth on either side of it. With the denture in place, your bite changes and your jaw realigns with your teeth relieving you of the pain from TMJ.
Contact our office if you have any questions about partial dentures.