Occlusion: The Key to a Healthy Bite

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Is Your Bite a Little “Off?”

Bite misalignments, or malocclusions, are any deviation from a normal or ideal bite pattern that affects the way the teeth fit together. It is estimated that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population has some level of misalignment. While living with a misaligned bite can make it difficult to chew or speak, many experience only minor symptoms. In fact, some patients we see are unaware their bite is off. If you are struggling with any of the following or are interested in a bite check, our doctors at Traverse Dental can meet with you to discuss your concerns. Some common symptoms of malocclusion include:

  • Difficulty Chewing or Speaking
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Chronic Neckaches
  • Minor Jaw or Tooth Pain
  • Bruxism or Teeth Grinding

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Complications Associated with Malocclusion

Over time, bite misalignments can wreak havoc on our teeth. The way our teeth normally align spreads the work that each tooth needs to perform evenly across the bite, but when there is misalignment, some teeth are forced to compensate. This puts stress on the teeth, jaws and supporting structures of the mouth and can lead to the following:

  • Popping or Clicking Sounds When Opening or Closing the Mouth
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
  • Wearing of the Tooth Enamel
  • Teeth Fractures
  • Receding Gums
  • Complications with Cosmetic Enhancements

We Can Correct Your Bite with an Occlusal Adjustment

To correct your bite, our doctors may recommend an occlusal adjustment. Our team at Traverse Dental is uniquely qualified to perform this corrective procedure due to their Pankey Institute training, which includes several post-dental school courses on occlusion. During an adjustment, you will be asked to bite down on a piece of thin mylar paper to determine where areas of misalignment are located. Our doctors will then smooth the areas of the teeth so they fit together in a more ideal position. This correction will have you biting, chewing, speaking and smiling correctly and more confidently.

Stop living with a misaligned bite. Schedule your consultation today!