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Bite Problems (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction TMD)

TMJ, also known as TMD or temporomandibular disorder, is a pathology involving any or all of the following anatomical structures:

  • The temporomandibular joint
  • Muscles/ligaments surrounding the joint
  • Bad Bite

Most of the time, Bad Bite is the problem and is often undetected by the patient. Symptoms of TMD are:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Worn, chipped or cracked teeth and restoration
  • Pain and soreness around the jaw joints
  • Pain and sensitive teeth
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking and grating sound in the jaw joints
  • Limited movement or locking jaw

Treatment of TMJ - Options

If you are diagnosed with malocclusion (Bad Bite), your dental treatment plan would include recommendations to correct your bite and help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Treatment May Include:

Occlusal Adjustment – Dental restorations, including crowns and veneers. These can be placed on your teeth to raise or lower areas of your bite, creating a more natural position for your jaw.

Splint Therapy (ORTHOTICS) – can put your bite back to proper alignment. When the splint is worn on your upper teeth, it can gently reposition the muscles, joints and teeth, so they work together without strain.

Orthodontic – Treatment that involves moving your teeth position, so that the jaw joints are adjusted to the most optimal bite position.