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Misaligned Bite

A misaligned bite can leave you unbalanced

Misaligned BiteMany people sufferer from chronic physical ailments like frequent headaches, aching shoulders,unexplained earaches, oddly tingling arms, or vision problems. At first glance these maladies seem unrelated to a problem with the jaw, but a bad bite can cause soreness or pain throughout your body.

How does one acquire a bad bite?

An unbalanced bite can be the result of many conditions such as:

  • Childhood allergies
  • Thumb sucking, or other bad oral habits
  • Dental restorations that are worn out or broken
  • Tooth loss, and the resulting shifting of teeth
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Accident or trauma

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How does a bad bite unbalance you?

Man with HeadacheAn unbalanced bite stresses the muscles surrounding your jaw joint because they have to work extra hard to compensate for the misalignment in order for your jaw to do what you need it to do properly; talk, chew and bite. With a misaligned bite, your jaw comes together as your teeth allow, making your muscles strain to keep the jaw working effectively.

As the jaw muscles tire, they become tight and can compress the nerves that run through them. These nerves are shared by your face, head, eyes and ears. This is why TMJ can cause those painful head related symptoms like:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • earaches, ear congestion or ear ringing
  • eye or facial pain.

The tired jaw muscles also ask for help. They recruit the surrounding muscles of your neck, shoulders and back. As these muscles tire, you may experience TMJ symptoms such as:

  • neck pain
  • aching shoulders
  • tingling or numbness in your hands or fingers
  • a sore back
  • postural problems

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Rebalance your bite

Balancing ScaleThe trick to finding the right TMJ treatment options is a correct diagnosis. This begins in the dental chair, and often comes in the form of technology with machines like the K-7 Evaluation System and the TENS unit. The K-7 Evaluation System measures the functionality of your bite and the TENS unit relaxes your jaw muscles into their optimum position.

With this information your dentist can plan your TMJ treatment options such as orthodontics, veneers, bonding, implants or TMJ orthotics.