Having a good bite is important, not only to the look of your smile, but also to help ward off adverse affects and health conditions that come with an unhealthy bite.
So what is TMD/TMJ and how is it related to my bite?
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that is apart of your jaw that can develop pain and dysfunction. When dysfunction occurs, it is called TMD, or Temporomandibular disorder.
The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw. A bad bite, which is diagnosed from symptoms like interference with chewing and strain on the jaw, may also be signs of TMD.
Here is a list of symptoms that are related to TMD:
- Limited mouth opening
- Neck, shoulder, back pain or stiffness
- Clicking or grating sounds to TMJ
- Pain or soreness in TMJ
- Locking jaw (opened or closed)
- Unexplained teeth or facial pain
- Earaches, stuffiness, or ringing
- Pain behind the eyes
- Numbness in fingers or arms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to let your orthodontist know before any procedure begins. TMD and a bad bite can become serious conditions if not treated properly.
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