Why Does My Jaw Feel Out of Place?
If your jaw feels unusual and out of place, there are chances that it is dislocated. Dislocation of the jaw is caused by factors such as trauma, bruxism, TMJ dysfunction, or periodontal diseases. Contact our team at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders for more information or visit us online to book an appointment. We have convenient locations across the U.S. in Bloomington IL, Peoria/Dunlap IL, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX, and Wausau WI.
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If you’re experiencing the sensation that your teeth are moving when you bite down, it can be quite concerning. Several factors could contribute to this sensation, including:
– Mouth or jaw trauma – A previous mouth or jaw injury can compromise the stability of your teeth, giving the impression that they are moving when you bite.
– Teeth clenching or grinding – Persistently clenching or grinding your teeth, often while you’re asleep or under stress, can cause tooth looseness and discomfort.
– TMJ dysfunction – Problems with the TMJ, which is a joint connecting your jaw to your skull, can lead to jaw misalignment and instability. This instability can cause a shifting sensation when you bite down.
– Periodontal disease – Severe gum disease can cause bone loss and gum recession, which makes your teeth feel looser and more mobile.
It can be unsettling to feel as though your jaw is not quite where it should be. There are a number of things that can be causing this sensation. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can result in misalignment, inflammation, and muscle tension around the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, are common causes of jaw joint problems. Teeth misalignment can affect how your jaw is positioned and cause you to feel a sensation of dislocation. Dislocation or damage to the joint can also occur after trauma or injury to the jaw area.
Additionally, habitual teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism, can strain the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. This causes discomfort and the sensation that the jaw is out of place. If you’re experiencing this feeling, it’s recommended to visit a TMJ specialist. This type of specialist can evaluate your condition and recommend suitable treatment options for symptom relief and improved jaw alignment.
A misaligned bite, also known as a malocclusion, can be corrected with appropriate treatment. Whether your bite is an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, there are various options available to improve your bite alignment and enhance both the function and aesthetics of your smile.
Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, is a common approach to address bite misalignment. These treatments gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions, correcting the alignment of your bite along the way. They are effective in treating mild to moderate cases of bite misalignment. In more severe cases of malocclusion, surgical treatment may be recommended. Jaw surgery involves repositioning the jaw to achieve proper alignment.
The specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of your bite misalignment, your general health, and your personal goals. A comprehensive examination by a skilled specialist will determine the most effective approach for your specific situation.
Realigning your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) requires the expertise of a TMJ specialist. These professionals have in-depth knowledge and experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. These specialists usually approach realigning the jaw through the following steps:
– Comprehensive evaluation – A TMJ specialist will conduct a thorough examination, which usually includes assessing your jaw movements, muscle tenderness, dental occlusion, and taking imaging scans if necessary. This evaluation allows them to understand the specific nature of your TMJ disorder and identify the underlying causes of the condition.
– Customized treatment plan – The specialist will create a treatment plan for you based on the findings of the evaluation. To promote proper jaw alignment and reduce frustrating symptoms, treatment may involve a combination of non-invasive techniques such as physical therapy, jaw exercises, stress reduction, and the use of oral appliances like splints or mouthguards.
– Advanced treatment options – In cases where TMJ joint problems are more severe, the TMJ specialist may advise additional interventions such as orthodontic therapy or orthognathic surgery.
– Ongoing monitoring and support – Throughout the treatment process, the TMJ specialist will closely monitor your progress, making adjustments as needed. They will also provide guidance on long-term symptom management.