I developed an open bite at 30. No one can tell me why. Had an MRI and my TMJs looks normal. My TMJ pain is almost always present, but not horrible. I thought about getting orthodontics but decided against it. I favor a conservative approach to treatment, especially since no one can tell me why I developed an open bite in the first place. I would like to hear from anyone who has some knowledge or experience with TMJ and a change in bite.
I too have recently been diagnosed with an open bite. I think it has to do with all the orthodontia I had. I had braces as a teen and as an adult. My dentist now thinks that removing my wisdom teeth will correct my open bite. I am skeptical. When I was a teenager they removed 4 teeth and said they would pull my teeth forward, so my wisdom teeth would act as my back molars. My mouth is definitely not crowded, so I am not sure about the whole wisdom teeth removal thing. My dentist thinks the fact that I am only biting on my back teeth (wisdom teeth) is causing my open bite. I wish I had a better answer for you. I feel your frustration. I have been to specialists all over the place. The other option he gave me instead of removing my wisdom teeth is to have orthognathic surgery. I just can't fathom paying $35,000 to have jaw surgery.
Last edited by dogzilla25; 10-24-2009 at 04:00 PM.
I too developed an open bite 4 years ago after the extraction of my upper left wisdom tooth. I am only sitting on my second molars. I have been through the worst pain of my life since this developed. What I have learned in my particular case is that once that wisdom tooth was pulled my condyle seated itself in a more anatomical position and my jaw pulled back and up into the joint and keeps wanting to do so. When it does this, my one particular molar bangs harder than anywhere else and produces the most massive amount of pain and tightness you could imagine. After 4 1/2 years we are just figuring out what exactly happened to open my bite. I myself, with all the reading and being very aware and intuitive about my own condition and the sequence of events figured this out. How to fix it is the big question. I have gotten varying answers from different doctors.
My prosthodontist/tmd dentist says that he always tells people if there wisdom teeth are fine and functioning okay and they can keep them clean, than don't remove them. Of course, if you are only sitting on those two teeth that might be a different story. It is soo hard to know what to do.
I am still in pain and working with a dr. for 8 months and no better so I am getting ready to move on. Splint therapy has been a nightmare. They never ever feel right, they are all bumpy and my jaw moves around constantly hitting every bump it can find on the splint and this too sets off my muscles into massive spasm. So, I can relate to your open bite situation and trying to figure out what might have caused it. It has been a long and frustrating road, not to mention very expensive.
Yes, one person mentioned the possibility but I walked out the door. It scares me too. AND I have been to 30 different dentists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and endodontists over the past 4 years and ONLY the one person mentioned that surgery so I am not convinced I would need that. Everyone has told me, splints followed by braces OR splints then some reconstruction. The only problem is IS that on no one I have seen has been very skilled at splint making OR adjusting, in my opinion.
Last edited by stormy1966; 10-27-2009 at 04:49 AM.