Have You Noticed Changes in Your Bite?
An uneven or imbalanced bite can cause many issues in your mouth. “Bite” (or occlusion) refers to how your upper and lower teeth fit together when you close down. What does it feel like when your bite is off? Common symptoms include one side hitting before the other when chewing, pain upon biting or the inability to bite down all the way. Excessive wear, chipped or broken teeth, and even TMJ-related symptoms may also indicate a problem with your bite.
An Improper Bite Leads to an Array of Health Consequences
Occlusion is considered to be “proper” when the biting force is distributed equally across your teeth. The team at Cornerstone Periodontics and Implants has advanced knowledge of bite problems and offers effective treatment to correct these issues. Without treatment, an uneven bite often leads to further oral and general health concerns.
Common problems that result from a misaligned bite:
- Enamel wear
- Broken or fractured teeth or restorations
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- TMJ problems
- Chronic headaches
- Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
Effective Treatment Brings Health and Harmony to Your Bite
As a specialty practice, we have a deep understanding of the jaw, bone and how teeth function in relation to one another. This is especially helpful when it comes to ensuring proper occlusion for dental implants. An uneven bite alone can significantly interfere with implant success. We offer several treatments to restore harmony to the bite. In some cases, your general dentist may need to replace worn out or damaged fillings, or reconstruct badly worn or damaged teeth to fix your bite.
Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment
We gently reshape the chewing surfaces of your teeth, until an ideal bite is achieved.
Bite Splint Therapy
A customized bite guard keeps your upper and lower teeth from touching, preventing damage caused from teeth grinding or clenching. The appliance is worn during the day and/or at night.
Braces correct jaw misalignment and biting concerns. We offer the Wilckodontics® advanced orthodontics system.