Can My Misaligned Jaw Cause Broken Teeth and Gum Issues and TMJ Problems?

Misaligned bites can cause problems that extend beyond the teeth.  The alignment of your jaw is important as a properly aligned jaw allows for even distribution of forces over the muscles, TMJ joints, and allows the teeth to wear evenly.





Some of the problems that can arise from bad bites or misaligned bites are:

1) TMJ issues

2) Broken  and worn teeth

3) Gum recession

4) Fractured teeth

In the photos above,  this gentleman has all the symptoms described above.   Through the years multiple attempts to fix broken teeth and crowns failed only leading to more problems and a worse bite.  Commonly called instant orhtodontics can correct smiles but not always the alignment of your smile which is the reason his teeth and bite are causing more problems.  Dr.Ronald Konig uses advanced methods that takes into consideration overall patient and not only the teeth.  This allows for better long term stabilzation and a helathy smile and TMJ joints.   In addtion to comfort and esthetics, note how the lower 1/3 of the face improes youthfulness and beautiful facial proportions.  These cases are often considered Non-surgical facelifts in the dental office. Interestingly, there is not much a plastic surgeon can do to change the lower 1/3 of the face.

Consider a comprehensive evaluation before making decsions with cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Konig has methods to “test drive” the bite for health and jaw comfort prior to working on the teeth.  Additionally, once the bite is correctly established in multiple dimensions, the teeth can be conservatively restored.

In these situations, more than porcelain veneers are needed to correct functional issues that have been caused by his misalinged bite that lends itselft to gum problems and TMJ disorders as well as broken teeth.  One  can visualize a car with tires out of alignment.  Simply placing new tires will not keep more damage from occuring.

If you have questions regarding misalgined jaws or porcelain veneers, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289

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