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Jaw Problems

If your teeth don’t correctly align when you chew or close your mouth, you may be living with what dentists call malocclusion – or a bad bite. You might not think much of malocclusion, but dentists are highly trained in spotting and treating it as it can lead to further complications.

While it sounds trivial, malocclusion can cause a whole host of problems with the teeth, gums, jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

That’s why dentists often refer to malocclusion as TMJ disorder, which causes jaw clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism), facial pain, headaches, migraines, problems eating and many more issues besides.

If any of these sound familiar, it’s best to seek expert help as soon as possible because you could be doing more damage to your smile than you realise by not having it checked.

Elaine Wise Broatch reviewed on

I have been having treatment for the past six months at Bentley Mathieson and I must say Mr Bentley has been great.
I admit that I am petrified of going to the dentist but he was fabulous, he put me at ease by talking through each step of the procedure……. I think he deserves a medal for putting up with me!!!!

Helping Jaw Problems in Hartlepool

There are many potential treatments for malocclusion and TMJ disorder waiting for you right here at Bentley Mathieson Dental Clinic. We may recommend wearing a plastic appliance at night to prevent grinding.

In more severe cases, we may recommend orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery. We also replace missing teeth and adjust any old or ill-fitting restorations, causing a problem.

If you live with TMJ or are worried about malocclusion, it’s best to get treated by an expert early before problems progress. At Bentley Mathieson Dental Clinic, we can assess, diagnose and treat malocclusion and jaw problems and prevent future risks.

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For more information on jaw problems, malocclusion and TMJ, call our skilled team at Bentley Mathieson Dental Clinic on 01429 221 353 or contact us.

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Jaw Problems FAQs

How much do malocclusion treatments cost?

Prices can vary depending on the different aspects of your case and which treatments you undergo. You should contact our team today to find out what the best treatments options are for you.

Who can get treatment for jaw problems?

Pretty much anyone can benefit from our treatments as long as you’re eligible. You should contact our practice to arrange a consultation with us and find out how suitable you are. If you’re in severe pain, you should call us to make an emergency appointment, and we can help you by diagnosing and treating the problem.

How long do malocclusion treatments last?

This depends entirely on which treatments you choose to fix your dental issues. Call our team to find out which treatments are best for you.

What happens if TMJ goes untreated?

Symptoms of untreated TMJ can get worse over time if not dealt with. You could end up in a lot of pain or developed issues in other areas like your neck. Contact Bentley Mathieson Dental Clinic to see how our skilled team can help you overcome your jaw problems

Do jaw exercises help TMJ?

Some muscle and jaw exercises have been shown to help some people struggling with jaw problems. Exercises can help stretch out the muscles, potentially reducing aches and pains slightly.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ symptoms include earache or pain, jaw pain, headaches, popping sound in the ears, stiff or sore jaw muscles, lockjaw or pain in the temple are

How do I know if my jaw is misaligned?

You might have difficulty chewing or biting, brushing your teeth, speaking, pain in places, or you might find yourself unintentionally grinding your teeth when you didn’t previously.

What is proper jaw alignment?

Good alignment is when your upper teeth fit slightly over your lower teeth. Your points on your molars should fit comfortably over the opposite molars to be considered a sound bite.