According to the American Association of Orthodontists, occlusion is the relationship between your upper and lower teeth when they come into contact when biting, chewing, or closing your mouth. It is commonly referred to as the bite.
Dr. George examines each patient’s occlusion to look how the surfaces of the teeth come together. If there are issues when they contact, the bite is said to be a malocclusion, or a bad bite. Bad bites can lead to pain, damage to the teeth, and other dental problems.
A Bad Bite Can Mean Big Problems
When you think about dental problems, the first thing you probably think of is cavities and gingivitis. While tooth decay and gum disease are, in fact, the most prevalent dental problems, having an unbalanced bite is a very common dental condition, too.
Often overlooked, an unbalanced bite can wreak havoc on the mouth. Unbalanced bites can lead to TMJD, headaches and migraines, stiffness in the jaw, and neck and back pain. A bad bite can also lead to damage to the teeth and gums. Many patients with bite problems suffer from sensitive teeth, enamel erosion, uneven wear on teeth, and tooth pain. Bite problems can also cause the teeth to shift and become crowded, which makes them hard to clean. When teeth are hard to clean, that can mean patients are at risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Before the bite can be stabilized, it’s important to find out why it is off balance. Bites can become off balance from an injury or tumor, tooth loss, shifting teeth, misshapen or impacted teeth, and even enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Dr. George will perform a complete examination to evaluate a patient’s bite. This is to ensure that the patient receives the proper treatment to correct their condition, and minimize further damage.
It is also important to make sure the bite is stabilized after any dental restoration treatment, like fillings or crowns. These restorations can cause the bite to become unbalanced, leading to pain and tooth damage. It is also important to continue to make sure the bite is stable during orthodontic treatment. Dr. George understands how any change in the mouth, no matter how small, can throw the bite out of balance.
By studying the relationship between your teeth, muscles, and jaw, correcting your bite and then fixing your teeth, the result will be a beautiful, long-lasting smile that works!
Do you think your bite is balanced? Find out for sure by scheduling your bite analysis appointment today 724-934-3422.