The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joints and the muscles and soft tissues controlling the joints. When the chewing muscles and jaw joints do not work together in harmony, a person may experience seemingly unrelated symptoms that can include chronic headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness and earaches. Such symptoms may be directly related to your bite – or the misalignment of your jaw.
The misalignment of your jaw can cause many problems such as:
- Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
- Pain in or around the jaw joints
- Locking or limited opening of your mouth
Because many of TMJ symptoms masquerade as so many other conditions, many would never think to associate the cause with their bite. A “bad bite” occurs when your upper and lower teeth do not come together in a way that provides the proper bracing support for your jaw against your skull and can be caused by physical trauma to the head, chronic teeth grinding or clenching, misalignment of teeth and other genetic factors.
Treatment usually involves several phases depending on your unique situation, but is focused in correcting the way your teeth fit together. This can be achieved by selective reshaping of the teeth, building crowns and orthodontics.
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