Do you have frequent and severe headaches? Does your face sometimes throb or feel achy? Do you have a significant burning or gnawing muscle pain in your neck and back, but you don’t recall any specific injury that would cause it? If this sounds like a familiar story, it’s important to note that these symptoms may not be as unrelated as you think. In fact, they may all originate from a TMJ disorder caused by a misaligned bite.

What is a misaligned bite, and how can it cause all these symptoms?

A misaligned bite, most simply, occurs when your teeth do not properly close together. Whether it is caused by genetics, trauma or accidental injury, it interferes with the normal functioning of your jaw. This dysfunctional movement when you eat, chew or talk places extraordinary pressure on the jaw joints and surrounding muscles. The connected soft tissue and muscles are also affected, however, and this causes more widespread pain and muscles spasms.

What treatment options are available?

Your dentist can help to relieve your pain and correct your misaligned bite using a variety of modern TMJ treatments available today, including the use of:

  • The K7 analytical tool designed to help your dentist determine the precise point of your jaw misalignment.
  • Muscle relaxation therapy which is extremely effective on reducing the tension, spasms and pain.
  • Custom-fitted dental orthotics that help to move your jaw into its natural alignment
  • Dental crowns, bridges, implants and other orthodontic treatments when they can help to correct the dental issues causing the misaligned bite

Where can you learn more?

Download our free online booklet about TMJ disorders to get more information. If you think you have a jaw joint disorder, it is a good idea to arrange to see your Chicago dentist. If you live in the Chicago area, call Dr. Thomas Meyer of the Dental Meyer Group to schedule an appointment.

Alternatively, you can complete our online TMJ survey, and a dental professional from the Dental Meyer Group team will contact you within two days to schedule your full clinical examination. There’s no reason for you to continue to suffer from widespread muscle pain resulting from a jaw joint disorder.

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