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Untreated Malocclusion

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of a person's teeth when they shut their jaw, contributes to various health conditions or disorders. Without the proper treatment of a person's misalignment of their teeth, individuals can experience severe pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, disordered breathing, or even sleep apnea.

Malocclusion, left untreated, can cause severe health conditions. For example, temporomandibular joint disorders can be an extremely debilitating condition where some sufferers cannot have full function of their jaw. Another severe health condition is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause stroke, high blood pressure, and issues with the liver. Furthermore, as misalignment of teeth can cause temporomandibular joint pain and sleep apnea, to help prevent these severe health conditions from happening, it is essential for proper diagnosis of jaw pain and treatment.

 Results of Malocclusion

If a person has an overbite, open bite, crossbite, or underbite, they may experience:

  • Tinnitus
  • Jaw grinding or clenching
  • Excessive snoring
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Difficulties in chewing or swallowing
  • Facial and jaw pain
  • Speech difficulties

A bad bite can result from temporomandibular joint disorders or cause jaw pain and jaw joint disorders. Doctors, including and neuromuscular dentists will examine an individual to determine the optimal treatment plan. Treatment plans will vary as each person experiences different symptoms, and the causes of their misalignment of teeth vary. Connect with the treating doctor to discuss any questions or concerns when they arise throughout the treatment plan.

 Treatment for Malocclusion

Individuals can find relief from many symptoms of the misalignment of teeth through Growth Appliance Therapy or treatments for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD). TMJD treatment includes:

  • ULF-TENS (Ultra-Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation)
  • Temporary orthotic devices
  • Coronoplasty
  • Removable Overlay Partials
  • Reconstruction
  • Braces

Short-term relief treatment includes ULF-TENS and Growth Appliance Therapy. In contrast, coronoplasty (smoothing and reshaping teeth enamel), overlay partials (permanent orthotics), reconstruction, and braces are long-term relief treatments. Short-term relief is the first phase of the treatment plan and then moves into other stages after achieving pain relief.

 Malocclusion Treatment in Washington

Dr. Buck is a facial and neuromuscular orthopedist based in the state of Washington. Dr. Buck, and his fellow ENT physicians and pulmonologists, by combining their expertise, help patients find relief from TMJD. With Dr. Buck and his team, relief from the severity and alleviate symptoms of TMJD is possible. For more information on Dr. Buck's practice and the treatment options he provides, please schedule an appointment by giving us a call today at 206-316-8286. Additionally, one may contact us by filling out our online form.

Linking TMJ and Sleep Apnea
Jaw Orthopedics and TMJ

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