4 Signs You Have Jaw Misalignment and What to Do About It

4 Signs You Have Jaw Misalignment and What to Do About It

Jaw misalignment can lead to several health problems. It can cause sleep apnea, a condition where your jaw obstructs your breathing during sleep. Other symptoms of jaw misalignment include an open bite or a gap between the top and bottom teeth when you close your mouth. 

1. Misaligned bite 

1. Misaligned bite | Remi


Treatment for a misaligned bite can vary depending on the severity of the problem, the cause, and the patient's personal health history. For mild symptoms, a non-surgical solution may be all that is needed. For severe cases, surgical procedures can be performed.

Some signs of jaw misalignment include an open bite or crooked teeth. You may also have difficulty opening your mouth and swallowing properly. A misaligned jaw can cause pressure on the teeth, leading to several problems. This can include pain and grinding of the teeth. It can also lead to a condition known as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

TMJ symptoms include pain or soreness when moving the jaw, a clicking or popping noise in the jaw, and a misaligned jaw. People with TMJ may also experience headaches. This is because the muscles that move the jaw are strained. Headaches can be mild or severe. 

While several factors can lead to a misaligned jaw, the most common problem is TMJ. This condition can cause severe pain in the jaw and neck and can lead to bruxism. TMJ can also lead to headaches and shoulder pain. Treatment for TMJ can improve your sleep quality and alleviate these symptoms.

2. Unbalanced jaw

unbalanced jaw | Remi


An unbalanced jaw is one of the most common signs of jaw misalignment. It can cause many problems, including pain in the jaw, teeth grinding, and jaw muscle strain. It can also lead to TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes pain and clicking when you open your mouth.

An unbalanced jaw can cause other issues, such as sleep apnea, which affects the breathing process during sleep. It has also been linked to dementia. Treatment for jaw misalignment can improve sleep quality and lower the risk of developing sleep apnea. While there are several causes of jaw misalignment, genetics often play an important role. The condition often runs in the family. Other common causes include tooth loss, bone disease, and injury.

An unbalanced jaw can also lead to pain and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. It may lead to TMJ syndrome, a group of symptoms caused by jaw misalignment. 

Treatment for jaw misalignment can include genioplasty surgery. This surgery reshapes the mandible and realigns it. Patients may also undergo splints, which are appliances worn on the upper or lower teeth to promote proper alignment of the teeth. Also, custom night mouthguards can help manage TMJ or grinding.

3. Bruxism

3. Bruxism | Remi


Bruxism is a condition where the jaw is off balance, forcing the teeth to work harder to realign it. Symptoms may include headaches, especially in the morning. Other symptoms include generalized pain and increased sensitivity.

You can help reduce bruxism symptoms by getting a custom night guard. This can prevent teeth from grinding and clenching at night. Treatment for bruxism often includes stress management.

Bruxism is often associated with pain, both in the ear and in the jaw. Although there are no definite causes for bruxism, daily stress is thought to trigger it. Even if you do not experience pain during the day, you may suffer from bruxism while you sleep.

Bruxism may be a sign of jaw misalignment. If you experience tooth grinding while sleeping, you should consider getting a custom night guard.  Bruxism can also lead to TMJ disorder. If not treated, bruxism can lead to TMJ, a condition that is caused by misalignment of the jaw.

4. TMJ disorder

4. TMJ disorder | Remi


TMJ disorder is an uncomfortable condition in which the jaw joints are misaligned. It causes pain and is a very common cause of headaches. In many cases, the problem can be easily treated with some home remedies. 

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a joint that connects the jaw to the skull. When the joint is out of alignment, it puts a lot of pressure on the muscles that control it. It can also cause pain in the muscles that control chewing.

If left untreated, TMJ can lead to significant mental and physical problems. This disorder can limit one's ability to engage in certain activities, including work, social interaction, and hobbies. This can also make a person less productive and less happy. Untreated TMJ can even lead to social isolation.

A misaligned jaw can cause pain in the face, neck, and shoulders. In addition to pain, it can also lead to other health conditions. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available. Physical therapy can help relieve some of the symptoms, while a custom-fitted night guard may be another good option.

There are also many home remedies for TMJ disorder. Among them are practicing good oral hygiene, wearing a headband while speaking, and avoiding excessive jaw opening. The condition can also be relieved by applying ice or heat to the jaw area. 

You can also get custom night guards from Remi for maximum comfort and grinding/clenching protection.  

Ana has worked for the past two years at Remi. She is a California-native and proud San Franciscan. Ana Milian RDA Head Dental Technician

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