Word of Mouth: Taking a Bite Out of Occlusions

Word of Mouth: Taking a Bite Out of Occlusions

An occlusion is your dentist’s way to describe your bite, or the way your top teeth come in contact with your bottom teeth when you close your mouth.  Your bite plays an important role in your mouth, especially if it’s misaligned.  Explore how to detect if you have bad bite, and what to do about it, below.

 

Details of a Bad Bite

A bite that’s misaligned can cause serious problems for your oral health.  A bad bite can be natural or can be created due to an accident or other damage to the mouth or teeth.  Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can also change your bite over time, creating a misalignment.  Missing teeth can also cause a misaligned bite that can create trouble for your oral health over time.

 

Issues that can be caused by a misaligned bite include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Damage to existing dental restorations
  • Receding gums
  • Headaches
  • Pain
  • Need for dental repairs

 

Signs of a Misaligned Bite

The major symptom of a bad bite is pain and discomfort, but there are other signs that your bite is misaligned.  Pain or discomfort in your teeth or jaw during clenching or biting, an under or overbite, or worn-down teeth are all signs of a bad bite.

 

Treatment for a Misaligned Bite

The treatment for a bad bite will vary depending upon the individual and the patient’s personal bite issues.  Talk to your dentist about your concerns and he or she will put together a treatment plan that will aim to restore your oral health.

 

This column is sponsored by Midtown Dental. 

 

BIO: Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.

CREDIT: DR. WILLIAM NERESTANT

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