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Malocclusion a TMJ disorder (bad bite causing misalignment of jaw bones)

June 6, 2011

Nanay and I were diagnosed with malocclusion by the same bio dentist who removed her decayed teeth and my silver amalgam fillings.The bio dentist validated all the research I have made regarding dental issues relating to diseases such as cancer:

Doctor Spiller explained in simpler terms what Dr. Kelley explained in the 1950’s:

In dentistry, the term occlusion refers to the way that the upper and lower teeth come together. Originally, the term “occlusion” meant just the way in which each individual tooth met with it’s mate in the opposite arch. Thus courses in dental school that dealt with occlusion were most concerned with such concepts as which cusp of an upper molar occluded (came together) with which particular groove in the lower molar that it touched when the patient closed his teeth together.

Dr. Kelley said:

How do the joints get out of adjustment in the first place? It might be from a blow on the chin, a muscle spasm, or opening the jaw too wide (as when biting or yawning). But the most common is chewing with teeth that come together in a wrong way.

Dentists refer to this condition as “occlusion or malocclusion.”

Through an intensive interview, the bio dentist ruled out that our malocclusion or misalignment of upper and lower jaw us due to chewing with teetm that come together in a wrong way.

Dr. Kelley said:

We close our jaws in chewing food, of course — and most persons also press their teeth together one or two thousand times a day between meals in swallowing. If the teeth do not meet properly, the pressures on them during chewing and swallowing may force the lower jaw into a strained position that pinches the joints in front of the ears.

If you could see through the skin and get a side view of the TMJ, you would see how the mandible, or lower jaw, hinges to the skull. The joint consists of a ball-and-socket arrangement, with the ball being a rounded mass of bone in the back part of the lower jaw that fits into a socket at the base of the skull. When you open and close your jaw, this “ball” rotates in its socket, and — if the teeth push the jaw too far in any direction — the soft tissues between the bones are pinched.

The bio dentist we saw did not really explain this to us in detail, but am glad that I had a pre-reading before going to see her. She was very meticuluos in showing us the xray of the left and right side of our skulls. Explaining, how the space between the jaw bone and the ears is not ideal.

Dr. Kelley wrote in his book:

One trouble that sometimes follows this pinching is a slow loss of hearing, says one authority on TMJ disorders. He cites the case of a man who was losing his hearing and had been wearing a hearing aid for two years before he learned of equilibration. He had not noticed any discomfort at the joints in front of his ears, nor that his teeth were not meeting properly, but suspected that his teeth might somehow be causing stress. Se he went to his dentist, who made the necessary changes on the chewing surfaces of his teeth. Three days later, the patient’s hearing had improved to such an extent that he discarded his hearing aid. He has not needed it since. That was nine years ago, and his hearing is still good.

Nanay never really had hearing problems, but is seems I do have some hearing problems on my left ear which started when somebody threw a stone at me hitting the left side of my skull near the ear where it meets the jaw bone. I think I was at Grade 4 at that time. Hearing issues is just one of the problems.

Dr. Kelley further wrote:

Besides hearing trouble, this authority says, stress in the TMJ can cause neuralgia, stiff neck, running ears and itching ears. He tells of a woman who suffered from itching ears so much that in company she often had to excuse herself from the room to scratch her ears. X-ray pictures showed both temporomandibular joints to be out of normal adjustment. After her dentist corrected the chewing surfaces of her teeth, the itching gradually left. (X-ray pictures showed that the joints are now in proper adjustment.)

I can relate to the itching ears and frequent stiff neck. However, for Nanay, it seems the malocclusion caused her vertigo, and probably even insomnia and a host of other issues which also affects her digestion. If you cannot masticate food properly then it follows that you cannot digest food properly, setting the stage for cancer. The bio dentists we saw simply called our issue a ” bad bite”, instead of malocclusion. Probably because they do not want to overload us with too much jargons.

Dr. Spiller wrote the link of TMJ disorders to migraines and vertigo:

* Migraine sufferers experience so much pain, and often vertigo that they are often incapacitated and need to lie down, while tension headache suffers can often control their pain with analgesics and continue to operate during their attacks.
* Migraine suffers exhibit one or more of the following symptoms during an attack:
o Nausea due to vertigo
o Sensitivity to light
o Sensitivity to sound

Refer to this webpages for more:
http://www.doctorspiller.com/occlusion.htm

Dr. Kelley wrote that since 1950’s dentists and physicans are working together to treat TMJ disorders such as malocclusion. However, I am more comfortable being treated by a bio dentist than by a normal dentist.

Please refer to the next entry for our TMJ treatment plan.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. bildad wafula permalink
    May 26, 2012 4:52 pm

    i had a hit on my lower jaw and feeling pain at my ear and just realised that my teeth aint joining properly as the docter put it..dont know what to do coz dont know of any bio dentist around..but this column is just but amazing..

    • bildad wafula permalink
      May 26, 2012 4:54 pm

      and also chewing food is painful to me,same to swallowing saliva

  2. hope permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:43 am

    im on the same boat as well .. my bite is out of wack saw n orthodontist gave me a expander but it was making my symptoms worse my hearing has gotting worse.. so im seeking a another orthodontist that has sucess he use ALF appliance n others .. Its good to go to someone that uses more then one range of appliance cause one brand appliance does usually work on everyone .

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