Bite Misalignment & TMJ
First, let’s understand what bite misalignment is. Bite misalignment, malocclusion, occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. This can be caused by various factors such as genetics, tooth loss, or dental trauma. When the bite is misaligned, it can put excessive pressure on the TMJ, leading to TMJ disorders.
TMJ disorders refer to a group of conditions that affect the TMJ, which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. These disorders can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty in jaw movement. They can also result in headaches, earaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
There is a strong link between bite misalignment and TMJ disorders. When the bite is misaligned, it can cause the TMJ to become strained and inflamed. Over time, this can lead to the development of TMJ disorders. It is important to address bite misalignment issues to prevent or alleviate TMJ problems.
Common symptoms of bite misalignment and TMJ disorders include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, and even lockjaw. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to seek professional dental care.
There are several causes of bite misalignment and TMJ disorders. As mentioned earlier, genetics, tooth loss, and dental trauma can contribute to bite misalignment. Other factors such as teeth grinding, stress and arthritis can also play a role in developing TMJ disorders.
Diagnosing bite misalignment and TMJ involves thoroughly examining your teeth, jaw, and bite. Our experienced dental team at John G. Portschy, DDS in Marietta will assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.
Treatment options for bite misalignment and TMJ disorders may include orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, to correct the alignment of your teeth.