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Can Your Misaligned Bite Be Causing TMJ Pain?

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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a jaw disorder that can create a significant amount of pain. Caused by irritation to the temporomandibular joint, this small bilateral joint has an enormous job to do. Its primary responsibility is to connect the jaw to your temporal bones. It helps with your jaw's movement, which allows you to talk, eat, and yawn. If you think you may have TMJ pain because of a misaligned bite, please read through our blog and schedule an appointment to learn more. At Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we want to help you improve your oral health and provide innovative TMJ pain treatment options.

What is TMJ pain?

When your temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed because of malocclusion, you may experience bite misalignment symptoms, like:

  • earache
  • a popping jaw
  • sleeping issues
  • headaches/migraines
  • tenderness near the temples or cheeks
  • a locked jaw
  • blurry vision
  • sinus infections
  • sore throat
  • tinnitus (ringing in ears)

These symptoms can significantly impact you throughout the day. They may occur because of a misaligned bite, injuries, trauma, stress, and bruxism. Bruxism causes the patient to clench or grind the teeth, leading to discomfort in your temporomandibular joint.

What are my TMJ pain treatment options?

We will first start by examining your mouth to see if you have signs of misalignment. Using diagnostic technology, we place a small sensor that can determine the severity of your occlusion. It shows us 3D imaging of how your teeth touch together and the amount of force on each tooth. By looking at these factors, we can develop a strategy that focuses on misalignment, improves oral health, and addresses your TMJ pain symptoms.

How to fix a misaligned bite?

Our team uses neuromuscular dentistry to treat misalignment. Thanks to recent advancements in dental technology, we can closely evaluate the muscles, nerves, and supportive structures of the mouth. This revolutionary device helps us identify the best way to position the jaw and teeth, so your muscles can remain relaxed. During this diagnostic exam, we use a transcutaneous neural stimulator (TENS), which releases a low-frequency electronic vibration. In response to the stimulation, the muscles relax, and our Fort Lauderdale, FL dental team records the most comfortable position for your jaw.

Next, we send these custom measurements to a lab to make your orthotic. This appliance ensures your jaw remains in the right position, encourages the muscles to heal, and reduces symptoms. Reducing the tension in your muscles preserves your teeth and protects your overall dental health. Additionally, for the future care of your mouth and jaw, we can use a sonograph or electromyograph to ensure the precise placement of fillings and crowns, so it does not impact your bite.

Please schedule an appointment for TMJ therapy at our Fort Lauderdale, FL dental office

A misaligned bite can cause you to have TMD symptoms because the small temporomandibular joint becomes sore from the wrong bite pattern. It may also wear down your teeth faster and require additional procedures to prevent further damage. Please call Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dental professionals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.