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How does an imbalanced bite cause TMJ pain? Dr, Mike Westman explains

migraine-womanDo you suffer from pain in your face, neck, or shoulders? Do you have recurring headaches that have no apparent cause? Do you experience unexplained ringing in your ears or numbness and tingling in your arms? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering for a TMJ disorder. A common cause of TMJ pain is an imbalanced bite.

How does an imbalanced bite cause TMJ pain?

An imbalanced bite is common for many people as the bottom and top teeth do not rest on each other or meet properly, thus putting strain on the surrounding muscles. This makes the muscles and joints tired and uncomfortable, causing strain and the pain. The muscles quickly become overworked and can lead to muscle tenderness, a sore jaw, and facial discomfort. Imbalanced bites can develop due to shifting teeth or tooth loss, thumb sucking as a child, a jaw injury or even unbalanced dental treatment from years prior.

Find solutions to your pain

A local dentist or TMJ specialist in your area will be able to help with your imbalanced bite by evaluating your teeth and determining the best method of treatment available for your particular situation. There are a number of options to correct the issue, which often involve physiotherapy, orthotics, orthodontic treatment, or dental restorations.

What’s Going on With Your Bite?

Has your imbalanced bite led to TMJ symptoms and pain? If so, we’d like to hear your story and personal perspective. Many people often spend too many years suffering with TMJ pain simply because they have no idea of its cause, but fortunately, there are a number of effective solutions available.

If you would like to learn more about TMJ, download my free e-book to discover if an imbalanced bite is causing your TMJ pain.

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