Looking after your oral health is more than just keeping your teeth clean and bright.
There are a variety of soft tissues to take care of; and to achieve good oral health your jawbone should be healthy as well.
Why? Because your jawbone holds your teeth, therefore any injury to them ultimately affects your teeth.
That’s why we at Forster Dental Centre look after your oral health by considering all the factors involved in it. This is why your jawbone is examined during a check up for any possible disease.
But what are the diseases of the jawbone? We have listed some of the common diseases of the jawbone and how we can help. Read on to learn more.
Common Diseases Of The Jaw
Do you wake up to frequent headaches? Do you have a sore jaw or hear a pop whenever you open your mouth? It is highly likely that you have a disease of the jaw. Below are some of the most common disease. Take a look.
Bruxism – This is a common condition experienced by Australians. Symptoms include unconscious grinding and clenching of the upper and lower arches where they meet. Most sufferers are unaware that they suffer from bruxism until the teeth start showing the effects of it. Teeth become chipped, fractured, flattened, and in severe cases come loose.
With bruxism, the jaw tightens and locks, making it difficult to manoeuvre. The pain moves to the ear, neck, face, until develops into a headache.
Jaw infection– Severe tooth decay can spread its infection to the bones. The bone become painful, swells, and fever follows.
TMJ disorders –The TMJ or the temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint is the sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. The TMJ disorder is a combination of different diseases of the jawbone such as bruxism, earache, and clicking and popping of the jaw.
Osteonecrosis – Also called “death of the bone”, Osteonecrosis is common among cancer patients who receive antiresorptive medications. The blood supply in the jaw decreases thereby slowly killing it.
This condition is also experienced in some rare cases of tooth extractions. As the jawbone weakens, the teeth loosen, and visible bone is sometimes seen in the mouth.
Jaw trauma – Trauma from sports related activities can leave the jawbone damaged and in need of repair. Depending on the impact, the jawbone can suffer damage so serious it requires surgery.
Treatment at Forster Dental Centre
Our treatment primarily focuses on providing jaw exercises and complementary protective devices to protect your teeth. For example, since there is no known universal cause of bruxism, our team demonstrates helpful exercises and provides night splints to protect your teeth.
To avoid jaw trauma, we encourage sports-enthusiasts to wear custom-fitted mouthguards. They offer protection and significantly lower the risks to your oral health during sports activities.
If you feel that you have a disease of the jaw, do not hesitate to give us a call. We will help you in the best way we can.
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Forster Dental Centre provides quality dental care in Forster and serves all areas of the Great Lakes.
At Forster Dental Centre, we are committed to providing every patient with care so that they can maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life!