Cosmetic Dentistry: Fixing Jaw Problems

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 5:57 pm

Noticing a lot of pain in your jaw? Struggling to sleep or even eat properly? Your dentist may have a solution to your jaw pain simply by evaluating the way your teeth come together.

There are a number of things that can affect jaw pain, says Pasadena dentist Dr. Michael Yung. You may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD) which can cause immense jaw pain or simply have a bunch of teeth that don’t fit properly. Depending on what the cause is, sometimes orthognathic or jaw surgery is the only way to fully correct any of these issues. Most of the time however, orthodontics or just an oral appliance such as a nightguard, may be the answer to solving jaw pain issues.

Dr. Yung works with the top oral surgeons in Pasadena on a variety of more complex issues relating to corrective jaw surgery. To go into more detail, if you have an unproportional jaw size from upper to lower, that can dictate and force the teeth into an uncoordinated position which can lead to muscle, joint and premature tooth wear issues. What oral surgeons can do is move a part or the whole jaw into the correct position, teeth in toe, and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done if this is the case. Sometimes, screws will be used to hold the jaw in place until it has naturally healed and orthodontics used to finally get the teeth into the right positions. The benefit of all this trouble is that you’ll have teeth that can now work efficiently and in concert with your jaw joints giving you a lifetime of chewing longevity.

So if you’d like a pain-free chewing life and think your jaw may be the cause for your current discomfort, Dr. Yung can examine you and discuss suggestions on what course of action to take.

Michael Yung DDS is located at 696 E Colorado Blvd, Suite 224 , in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 449-5420 or visit

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