An Even Bite is Important to Oral Health
A key facet of maintaining good oral hygiene is having an even bite. You can suffer from an improper bite alignment without even knowing it, which can be damaging to your oral health and can eventually cause you to experience the development of a range of issues. There are a variety of treatments that can provide you with the means of correcting your bite alignment. Understanding the importance of an even bite should give you the push you need to consider these treatments.
What is the Importance of An Even Bite?
The primary reason that an even bite is so important to your ongoing oral health is due to the fact that an uneven or misaligned bite can, at the very least, cause pain within the jaw as well as your teeth along with a myriad of other issues and symptoms. With an even bite, you can avoid all of these issues and focus completely on making sure that your gums and teeth are healthy and in good condition.
There are a wide array of reasons as to why your bite alignment can begin to develop issues and eventually become misaligned, which is why it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis to ensure that these issues are caught early on, as having any problems treated early can help you avoid the need for extensive treatments in the future. Some of the primary reasons that your bite can become uneven include the presence of uneven crown surfaces, crooked teeth, misaligned molars, underbites, overbites, and gaps between your teeth. The presence of one or more of these issues means that your bite has become misaligned.
What Are the Issues That Could Result From an Uneven Bite?
One of the more harmless problems that can be caused by the presence of an uneven bite is that you may have some issues with the appearance of your smile, which can be corrected with certain dental procedures. However, an uneven bite can cause some real dental issues that can have a dramatic effect on your health. Our dental professionals are able to diagnose an uneven bite by checking for signs of bite misalignment. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment can begin.
Without treatment, a bite misalignment can lead to the development of numerous oral health problems, the most common of which involves headaches and jaw pain. When your lower teeth and upper teeth don’t meet exactly as they should, the many muscles in your head, shoulder, and neck will be strained as will the joints in these areas. If this straining lingers and the problem is not taken care of early on, it’s possible that you will start to experience pain in the jaw that doesn’t dissipate as well as regular headaches that are severe in nature, sometimes developing into migraines.
An uneven bite will also cause issues every time you talk, chew, and bite. Due to the way in which these actions cause distorted movements of the teeth, one or more of your teeth can become chipped or broken. Although there are a large number of dental treatments that can correct a chipped or broken tooth, they usually involve the application of crowns or veneers. There are also instances where the tooth could be broken in an area below the gum line. When this occurs, the entire tooth may have to be removed, in which case a dental implant will need to be installed.
Additional issues that can result from an uneven bite include teeth clenching and teeth grinding. It’s possible that an uneven bite can cause you to clench or grind your teeth at night, both of which you likely won’t notice until you start experiencing additional symptoms. The clenching of your teeth can cause damaged teeth, difficulties with sleeping, facial pain, and the development of severe headaches throughout the day. As for teeth grinding, your teeth can become worn and damaged over a period of time if the grinding is left unchecked.
Which Treatments Are Available to Help Obtain an Even Bite?
In order to properly identify which treatment would work for you when it comes to an uneven bite, you will first be required to get the problem diagnosed, as the cause of the bite misalignment will allow our dentists to ascertain which treatment options will work best to help you achieve the results you want. It’s also possible that the specific plan used to correct the bite issues that you’re going through will require the application of more than one of these treatments.
The primary treatment method used to correct bite misalignment is with the application of crowns and partial dentures, particularly with teeth that require a substantial amount of reconstruction. There are a variety of different types of bridge dentures and crowns that your dentist will recommend to you. This option is especially beneficial for patients who are suffering from teeth that have become severely eroded or decayed. Some of these crowns offer an option that is removable. If too many of the teeth have become decayed or destroyed, full dentures may be required on either your bottom or upper teeth.
If the problem is minor, some minor reshaping or rebuilding may be all that’s required. In the event of a severe case of bite misalignment, orthognathic surgery could be a necessary treatment to correct the jaw alignment issue. This type of surgery is recommended in the event that your jawbones have grown unevenly or you have suffered from some form of trauma or injury that has caused the misalignment. This surgery is only used in rare cases.