The Role of The Bite in TMJ Disorders

To diagnose bite strain requires deprogramming the jaw muscles so they temporarily stop bringing the lower jawbone to the one place where the teeth fit.  The jaw muscles can be deprogrammed by nightly wear of a front flat plate appliance as described in a separate paper on this website.  When you wake up every morning, your jaw muscles will be deprogrammed and your jaw will open and close along a trajectory that is determined by the jaw muscles without the influence of the teeth.  Then, when you first remove the appliance in the morning and bite down lightly, and you can see where your back teeth should fit together.  If you have some teeth that hit first and slide your jawbone from its deprogrammed position into your natural bite, those prematurely contacting teeth are in the way of your bite and likely the primary cause of your bite strain.