The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your 'bite'. If your teeth don't fit together properly, this can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the jaw joint, also known as the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
Some people clench their jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to TMJ disorder, facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, even back pain.
If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Your dentist can advise you and show you some appropriate exercises to do, taking into consideration any reasons for the problem such as work related stress or environmental factors.
The important thing to do is see your dentist as soon as possible so your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.Back to Treatments