This patient had severe TMJ pain and facial collapse from a deep overbite that the neuromuscular mouth reconstruction dentist was trying to correct with porcelain veneers on the front teeth and porcelain crowns on all of her back teeth. It did not work.
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Overbites and TMJ problems can inadvertently be caused by dentists when they grind down your teeth for porcelain veneers, or by extracting teeth for braces. Please watch the video testimonial from this patient before you have your teeth ground down!
Overbites occur when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth too much, which causes the lower jaw to be forced back towards the ears when the patient bites their teeth together. The jaw position with an overbite is a strained position that increases tension and stress in the head and neck regions. Many patients will clench and grind their teeth more often at night and sometimes during the day because they have an overbite. The position of their upper jaw and lower jaw are not aligned which is a malocclusion that causes a multitude of health and cosmetic problems.
Health problems such as TMJ pain, neck and head pain, excessive tooth wear, stressed short lower faces and small looking chins are caused because the jaw is forced back towards the patient’s ears by the bite. Typically, the patient’s chin is actually normal in size but it looks small because of the less than healthy jaw position established by the overbite. With true overbite correction, the facial profile is improved, the chin looks much larger and the patient feels better physically because the treatment is good for the patient’s health.
Overbites contribute to headaches, jaw pain, tooth wear and neck pain because there is a great deal of stress on the jaw joints or TMJ due to the overbite forcing the lower jaw into an incompatible position with the bite. The jaw joints and the bite must be “in sync” to improve the health of the patient. The head and neck tension, TMJ pain, teeth wear and facial collapse resulting from an overbite has a negative effect on the patient’s physical health and mental well-being.
Today, we are living longer than ever and we want to look and feel our best even if we are over 60 years of age. We look older and feel older because we never had the best possible jaw position that is in harmony with our jaw joints.
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