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The Connection Between Jaw Pain And Bite Alignment

Have you ever tried to bite into a carrot or a piece of fruit and really struggled? Does your jaw feel tired and achy after eating something chewy? Do you have difficulty opening your mouth really wide, or does your jaw “pop” when you do? While these may seem like minor inconveniences or discomforts, they could be a sign of something more serious and can be an indication of bite alignment issues

Take Action

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should talk to your dentist right away. 

Your dentist will do an evaluation to determine if you have a misaligned bite. Severe misalignments can cause problems with eating, drinking, speaking, and even breathing. This can cause your teeth to become wobbly, develop decay, or become easily damaged during an accident. It can also cause psychological problems if it makes you feel self-conscious or unattractive and causes you to avoid social situations.


At Carolina Family Dentistry, Dr. Banik uses the Kois Deprogrammer to treat bite misalignment. Dr. Banik is a graduate of the prestigious Kois Center, one of the premier dental learning institutions in the world. The Kois Deprogrammer was developed by Dr. John C. Kois, D.M.D., M.S.D, as a tool to help dentists improve even the most challenging bite misalignments.

The Kois Deprogrammer is a removable appliance that is used to evaluate the stability of your bite. It looks very much like a retainer and should only be removed for meals and teeth cleaning. The device helps locate your optimal jaw position and should be worn for about one month until your old muscle memory is erased. Dr. Banik will evaluate your bite alignment to determine the amount of time needed to correct the misalignment. Once your bite is realigned and your lower jaw returns to a more comfortable position, Dr. Banik will provide you with options for maintaining your new bite.

Is It Painful?

The Kois Deprogrammer is designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. There may be some minor discomfort or soreness when you first start wearing it, but this should disappear after a few days. It may also take a few days for you to adapt to speaking while wearing it, but this only lasts for a very short time.

Follow Up

It is important to follow up with Dr. Banik after treatment and follow the recommendations for maintaining your new bite. Failure to do so could result in your chewing system reverting back to your old bite alignment in a very short amount of time.

Don’t Delay

Why go even one more day with jaw pain and difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing? Contact Carolina Family Dentistry today to set up an appointment to discuss whether a Kois Deprogrammer is right for you.

Why Does My Jaw Hurt? A Guide to Bruxism.


You roll over, yawn, stretch, and…YIKES!  You rub your jaw thoughtfully, trying to ease the soreness. What the heck? Why does my jaw hurt? Pain or discomfort happens to most of us sometimes, but it may be time to talk to your dentist if it’s frequently happening. Various things can cause a sore jaw in the morning. Your dentist can do an examination and diagnose the cause of the pain. It could be a sign of Bruxism; if left untreated, it can have long-term consequences.


What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a fancy medical term for grinding your teeth at night. It’s a common reaction to stress and anxiety, so it may be temporary and nothing to worry about. But if it happens often and over an extended period, it can cause broken teeth and damage your jaw. It’s important to let your dentist know if you are experiencing frequent jaw pain, so she can watch for signs and provide treatment before you have lasting damage.


What Causes Bruxism?

The primary cause of Bruxism is stress and anxiety. In children, bullying, abuse, or other trauma are examples. Parents should immediately investigate if they notice their child clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth (awake or asleep). Children often grow out of grinding their teeth, but if trauma is the underlying cause of the condition, address it as soon as possible.


In adults, various stressors, such as work, relationships, financial difficulties, etc., are also factors. It may be a common reaction to a temporary living situation. Still, if it continues for an extended time, it could be a symptom of a sleep disorder, an anxiety disorder, or other mental health issues. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition, you must notify your dentist so she can monitor its effect on your teeth.

What Can I Do?

The most common treatment for Bruxism is wearing a mouth guard or dental correction splints. The first step is to contact The Dental Care Center to schedule an exam. Your dentist can mold your teeth and construct a mouth guard to protect you against tooth and jaw damage. Other treatments could be considered, including addressing and managing stress and anxiety through meditation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and other therapies for sleep disorders. Medications have not proven very effective in treating Bruxism, but if other treatments fail, your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants, Botox injections, or medications for anxiety and stress.