Posted on: June 11, 2021
“I couldn’t bite or chew for two years”
Dental issues left Becky unable to chew, bite, or talk properly for two years.
Having great teeth is one thing. But being able to use them properly is another. Sometimes the most complex and debilitating dental issues are the ones we can’t actually see.
Becky, a mental health nurse, came to DrBK as she had been suffering with severe issues with her bite for the past two years, causing her lots of pain and functionality problems. Becky’s top teeth did not align correctly with her bottom teeth which made it impossible for her to bite down fully or chew properly, and even left her with a lisp.
As a consequence of the misaligned jaw, she has also suffered with pain and spasms in the affected surrounding muscles, including;
- Lower jaw muscles (masseters and medial pterygoids)
- Upper jaw muscles (temporalis and lateral pterygoids).
- Upper back (trapezius) and neck muscles (longis capitis)
This can consequently cause severe pain in other areas including agonising headaches and shooting pains behind the eyes; symptoms that Becky had admitted to struggling with.
Becky had visited a large number of dentists/orthodontists and had a plethora of different treatments and splints, unfortunately, these had very minimal results and she was repeatedly told that they were unable to improve the situation.
After coming to DrBK, Dr Khanna put Becky on a very special treatment programme, involving the initial correction of her bite (medically known as occlusal equilibration) as the first step. She says;
“I’ve seen several dentists, several doctors, and no one’s been able to quite help me… After one treatment with Bob, my pain has halved, I can now shut my mouth and chew my food properly. I don’t have a lisp anymore!”
Whilst Becky’s pain had halved by the end of the first appointment, it would also gradually improve over the next couple of weeks. Becky’s bite management treatment was followed by restorative work to several teeth that were broken and needed rebuilding to her new bite position, and to prevent any further deterioration in her teeth.
Dr Khanna also used a combination of BTX and threads to help resolve the muscle spasms in her neck and back (which in turn has even corrected her posture).
The final result? Becky’s teeth are now properly aligned in the correct position for full functionality. After just a few weeks Becky no longer has a lisp, she is no longer in any pain whatsoever and she can now eat and chew normally! And not to mention she also now has a beautiful uniform looking smile!
After her final appointment, Becky said;
“My pain is completely gone. I don’t get headaches in the days anymore, I don’t get shooting pains in my eyes. It’s completely changed my everyday living and my life. Thank you thank you thank you so much Dr Bob, you’re the best”
Thank you to Becky for letting us share her journey with fellow patients. You can watch Becky’s full journey here!
If you are suffering with severe dental/jaw issues or even pain in the surrounding muscles, come to DrBK – we can help. Book your appointment with us today.