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Surrey dentist discusses the connection between missing teeth and TMJ disorders.

7 March 2013

According to American association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.

In most patients, the front missing teeth are immediately replaced by dental implants, since they are the most visible, but missing teeth at the back are often ignored. Without the support of back chewing teeth, as the teeth randomly drift, unusual dental bites develop. These cause excessive stress and damage to the joints (TMJ) that connect the two jaw bones, pain and headaches being a common side effect. Other side effects of TMJ include earaches, jaw pain, Popping and clicking of the jaws when speaking or chewing, and dizziness.

What can be done to avoid TMJ disorders?

To avoid TMJ, missing teeth have to be substituted with replacement teeth. There are several solutions to replace missing teeth, including dental implants or a fixed bridge.

Dental bridges are comprised of false teeth which anchor onto crowns fixed to the neighbouring teeth. Dental implants are the more long lasting solution to missing teeth. They address the missing gap and do not involve the healthy neighbouring teeth.

If you have missing teeth and would like to avoid future problems including TMJ, call Dr Soltani for a FREE consultation. Dr Soltatni of Surbiton Smile Centre ® offers all type of cosmetic treatment including fixed bridges and dental implants at her practice in Surbiton Surrey.

Contact Surbiton Smile Centre ® today

Please get in touch if you are concerned about any aspect of your dental health. We will treat you fairly and honestly - and we look forward to being able to help you.

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