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FAQ:  Open Bite


Question:
Hereditary Open Bite causes TMJ? Did you ever hear of an open bite on the back teeth and if so....could it be heriditary?

Could this cause TMJ? ...Visitor from CT

Answer:
Open bite on your back teeth can be from a number of things and of couse I can not see you so I can only speak in a general sense.

Sometimes there is what is called a lateral tongue thrust. This is from a swallowing movement that pushes on your teeth and moves them.

There can also be a movement of your jaw and cause the teeth not to meet and therefore getting an open bite.

If you are asking is it TMJ, usually TMJ is discussed in terms of having pain. If you are having pain, seek an evaluation to determine need for treatment.

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