Dentures and plates can cause structural problems in the head and neck. Normally there is a slight movement between bones of the face and head. An upper plate or denture has the effect of holding the bones of the upper jaw rigidly together, preventing or severely limiting the natural movement between them. Strains may also be set up through the face as a result of dental extractions, ill fitting dentures, old or worn dentures (which cause a loss of height through the face), of from eating unevenly due to loss of teeth.

The face is a complex bony structure composed of a number of different bones. Some of these bones are very delicate, and they are intricately linked together in a very complex way. All the bones of the face, like those in the rest of the skull, are free to move minutely, which they do in a gentle rhythmical fashion. This movement between the bones is important in maintaining free drainage of the sinuses, and permitting the free passage of air through the nose. Trauma to the face may restrict the normal movement between  bones, and can have wide reaching effects in the whole body. One of the most common causes of trauma to the face is dental treatment.

  • teeth extractions
  • denture and plates
  • braces and orthodontic work
  • bridges

Common symptoms

  • sinusitis
  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • jaw problem
  • grinding teeth
  • eye strains
  • ear problems

The human face is a very delicate structure made of 14 bones. These bones have to be able to move together to insure the drainage of sinuses and free air flowing through the nose. Unfortunately, dental work is one of the most common cause of trauma to the face. Whether it being teeth extractions, bridges, dentures or braces, they will all create a strain pattern to the face, restricting the normal flow of the IVM (link) and creating a wide range of symptoms.

These symptoms include:

  • sinusitis
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • neck pain
  • jaw pain, clicking or restriction
  • teeth grinding
  • eye strains
  • ear pain, infection
  • tinnitus
  • dizziness and vertigo

Symptoms might not necessarily appear immediately after the treatment though, so it is advisable to go for a check up after having dental or ortstrain pattern to set in and create discomfort.