There is a relationship between the way the teeth fit together and how the joints and muscles function. This relationship will either be one of harmony or one of compromise. The bite relationship either helps promote a functional relationship or serves to compromise normal relationships. This includes the structures of the entire upper quadrant; front and back of the head/neck and upper back regions.
Here we observe the bite functioning in a harmonious relationship with the temporomandibular joint. This occurs when the joint is properly seated in the socket as the teeth come fully together. The ball of the joint will seat against the relatively avascular central region of the disc which is seated against the front wall of the socket. This is an anatomic and physiologic stable relationship.