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A 25-year-old male asked:

can tmj be fixed through perfect teeth? i feel tmj erupted after when dentist grinded a chipped tooth, put bonding on it and leveled 4 teeth total

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
TMJ: Although perfect teeth are very nice to have and for other people to look at, they don't guarantee that you won't have TMJ problems. The development of TMJ can be multifactorial, including how you chew, your food choices and even chewing gum. Sometimes TMJ will "pop up" after dental work is done, primarily because of how you change your chewing after the dental.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Also: There are other causes to TMJ pain that are not related to the biter or teeth. If the pain does not go away on its own you might consider seeing a dentist with training in orofacial and craniofacial pain.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Possibly: Even people with perfect teeth can have TMJ syndrome. If your bite feels 'off' then your dentist may have to make more adjustments to make your 'bite' feel normal.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
No: Many patients with "perfect" teeth have TMJ. TMJ can be precipitated by dental work in predisposed patients. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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