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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can get in trouble when the bite is not balanced, leading to a slide, pop, click or lock of the TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction). The condyle position is related to how the teeth come together. Sometimes imbalance causes the clinching or grinding of teeth and can lead to jaw muscle soreness, headaches, and tension in the neck. Missing teeth can lead to over closing or change in bite and this moves the condyle of the TMJ into a stressed position. Careful analysis of your bite as it relates to your TMJ and your history of symptoms are required to determine the best treatment for you. It may include bite balancing, appliance, medication, or referral to surgeon.
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