An improperly aligned bite can occur because of stress, teeth grinding, or other factors. It will cause improper function of the jaw joints, which can lead to TMJ dysfunction also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). TMD may contribute to migraines, face, neck, and shoulder pain, clicking in the jaw, and even tingling in the extremities.
If you believe your TMJ is the cause of your discomfort, let Dr. Jost assess your whole mouth to identify the problem. He will evaluate your bite and determine the best treatment course to relieve your symptoms. TMJ therapy often involves strengthening exercises, oral appliances, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to relive your pain.
The term “bite” in dentistry refers to how the upper and lower teeth fit together when the mouth is closed. This is also called occlusion. An improper bite can cause many problems, from clicking jaws to tooth wear to chronic migraines.