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Unbalanced Bites Can Harm Your Jaw
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC
Having an unbalanced can put strain on your jaw and lead to complications, including TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). An unbalanced bite can either be an overbite, underbite or cross bite, each having a slightly different impact on your jaw. Harm to the jaw can also result in symptoms elsewhere in the body, such as headaches and neck pain. It is in a patient's best interest to have an unbalanced bite amended through orthodontic treatment, in order to relieve symptoms. How Can an Unbalanced Bite Affect the Jaw? An unbalanced bite can cause unnecessary strain on the muscles in the jaw. This is because the bite is forcing the muscles into constant action. When the jaw muscles are in constant action, they do not get rest, which causes pain. This pain does not only manifest itself in the jaw, as harm to the jaw can cause headaches or migraines, ear ringing, even shoulder and upper back pain. This is due to the fact that the posture of your jaw changes the posture of your head, and consequentially can strain the rest of the upper body. Harm to the jaw via an unbalanced bite can also cause bruxism, known informally as teeth grinding. The strain the jaw is under results in the two rows of teeth rubbing together. This is mainly prevalent at night, as the patient will do it unconsciously, and can wear down the enamel over time. Unbalanced bites occur naturally or via environmental factors. These factors include using a pacifier too much, sucking your thumb and mouth breathing. If you notice that your child has a habit of sucking their thumb, we can discuss it during their next dental check-up and look into possible solutions. Unbalanced bites are resolved through realignment treatment, via braces or aligners. To relieve pain for TMD immediately, over the counter pain medication can be taken. To book an appointment with us now, contact our office.... Read more...