If you feel pain while chewing or your jaw often makes cracking noises, this could be the result of craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD). The name is made up of cranio = skull and mandibular = jaw. An “incorrect bite” does not necessarily need to be treated; many people live with this without any issues. However, as soon as pain occurs, you should have a checkup. A CMD is usually not limited to the jaw region, but rather is likely to cause ear and facial pain or headaches. Another symptom is teeth grinding.
A CMD diagnosis needs to be done carefully and needs to include a discussion of a patient’s medical history. In many cases there is no wrong positioning of the teeth or inflammation, but rather, psychological stress is the cause. Therefore, other factors such as phobias or signs of stress need to be discussed before a dental treatment. Consequently, a broad structural and functional analysis is worthwhile. Mouthguards, which seek to re-allign the jaw and release pressure, are available for therapeutical purposes. Even filing or filling teeth can be worthwhile. If you observe CMD symptoms, we will gladly provide you with a checkup and detailed advice.