3 Issues That Can Make It Harder To Bite And Chew Food

Any dental issue that makes it harder for you to bite and chew food should be taken seriously. It can be an uncomfortable problem, while also putting limitations on your diet. There are many problems that can lead to complications with your dental function. The issue could be with untreated tooth decay, or a dental injury. The absence of even one tooth can also be enough to complicate simple dental tasks. That being said, the problem may not reside with a tooth, but with your jaw joints, as TMJ dysfunction can make it hard for you to properly bite down. Fortunately, your dentist can identify the cause of your problems, and offer the appropriate treatment to restore your dental health and function.

1. TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ dysfunction can cause functional inhibitions, as well as chronic pain. By identifying a problem with the alignment of your jaw joints, or a flawed bite, your dentist can provide valuable relief. A special oral appliance from your dentist can gently align your jaw, and stop functional problems, as well as ongoing general discomfort.

2. Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can have an immediate impact on your appearance, but it may also lead to problems when you try to bite and chew. It is important to do something about tooth loss as soon as possible. A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that can stay secure enough to allow you to comfortably bite and chew food.

3. Untreated Tooth Decay

A sore, aching tooth can feel even worse when you attempt to put pressure on it by biting and chewing. If you are facing this problem, let your dentist know! The problem may be untreated tooth decay, which will continue to worsen if you do not seek help.

Count On Dr. Cain’s Help If You Are Having Trouble Biting And Chewing

You should not feel like you simply have to “live with” problems that affect your ability to bite and chew food. Dr. Cain can identify the root of your issue, and provide the appropriate restorative care. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637. We proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities. You can also email our office at info@healthysmilesnwi.com.