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Crooked Jaw Closure - TMJ: I have been suffering with (I believe) TMJ for about 3 years.

I have been told that my jaw when it closes goes a little bit to the left. Is there a relationship? ....Visitor from MA

Answer:
Your concerns are rather classic for TMJ: A deviating, non-centric bite in the midst of TMJ pain.

Such issues are highly associated with what amounts to a poor bite syndrome (using the vernacular), also known as Threshold Centric relation-Centric Occlusion discrepancy (the technical term).

The likely cause of your problem is a poor bite. In order to improve your bite, you should begin with seeing a board certified orthodontist that is trained in TMJ disorders.

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