The A-Z of Family Dentistry: J is for Jawbone

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In the A-Z of family dentistry, each month we ask our dentists to address a different dental concern.  This month we’re considering the jawbone, and how it can impact on your dental health.

Your jaw has a big impact on your teeth and overall dental health. The alignment of your jaw can affect the position of your teeth and the condition of your jaw muscles.

How serious is a poorly aligned jaw?

If your jaw is poorly aligned, it could be causing a whole range of knock on problems. The most obvious here is poor teeth alignment. Poor teeth alignment can cause pain and discomfort. Many people who suffer from this also feel very self conscious about it.

What about other jaw problems?

Just as problems with your jaw can affect your teeth, problems with your teeth can also affect your jaw. If you’re experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, it could be because of an untreated dental problem. These include:

  • Cavities
  • Loose fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Abscesses
  • Cracked teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth

If you’ve been experiencing pain in your jaw, it’s well worth visiting your dentist to rule out a dental problem as the cause.

Want to find out more?

You can read more about two common jaw related problems on the NHS website: bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMD.

Alternatively, please get in touch if you want to talk to a dentist about your jaw pain.

Next month in the A-Z of family dentistry, we’ll be moving onto the letter ‘K.’ Subscribe to our dental newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it.