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Could misaligned teeth cause tmj issues?

5 doctors weighed in across 4 answers

Yes: Misaligned teeth or a malocclusion can definitely contribute to jaw pain and TMJ problems. Your dentist can advise you of the relationship, or may choose to refer you to an orthodontist for evaluation of your misaligned teeth.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: There is a triad involved with tmj/tmd...The teeth, the muscles and the jaw joints. If one is malalighned, it can throw everything else off and create many difficulties.

Answered 12/19/2013

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Dr. John Van der Werff answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Probably not: It is rare... Studies in the last 10 years support little relationship. Misalighned teeth only cause problems when the teeth touch. During normal function teeth rarely touch. The only time teeth touch is during clenching and grinding... So now the question is... Are you clenching or grinding? And if so, which is easier and less involved to treat the bruxing or the misalignment.

Answered 3/18/2015

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Yes: Yes. Not commonly, but yes. See a TMJ expert for correlation.

Answered 3/18/2015

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