Sometimes when a person’s smile appears healthy, and they’re not suffering any tooth pain, they believe that they’re in good oral health. However, if they don’t have proper bite alignment, they may eventually suffer dental and overall health issues. Undergoing dental treatments to achieve the correct bite alignment can alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and prevent more severe dental problems in the future.
Consequences of misalignment
It’s common to believe that the biggest problem with a misaligned bite is purely cosmetic, but an improper bite isn’t always as obvious as other dental issues. To diagnose a misaligned bite, a dental professional examines a patient’s mouth for visible signs, may perform X-rays and asks the patient about any discomfort they’re experiencing, even if the patient doesn’t believe it relates to their mouth. Problems associated with a misaligned bite include:
- Broken or cracked teeth – When a patient has an improper bite, it causes distorted teeth movements when chewing, biting and talking. These distorted tooth movements can lead to chipped, broken and fractured teeth that may require veneers or crowns for repair. If the misaligned bite leads to a broken tooth below the gum line, the dentist may have to remove the damaged tooth and replace it with an implant.
- Headaches and jaw pain – When upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly in the correct bite, it leads to strain on the head, neck and shoulder muscles as well as the jaw joints. This strain may cause jaw pain and frequent headaches that can develop into migraines.
- Tooth grinding – An improper bite can cause some people to grind their teeth. Teeth grinding, or Bruxism is something patients usually do during their sleep and can lead to worn and damaged teeth.
- Teeth clenching – Along with teeth grinding, an improperly aligned bite can lead to teeth clenching at night. Teeth clenching can lead to headaches, damaged teeth, facial pain and trouble sleeping.
Correcting misaligned bite
There are numerous dental problems associated with a misaligned bite, which is why a dental professional check it carefully, especially after placing bridges, veneers or crowns. Correcting a misaligned bite can involve oral appliances, traditional braces, Invisalign braces, crowns or tooth reshaping and is an essential part of creating, improving and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.
An improperly aligned bite doesn’t correct itself without dental intervention so if you’re experiencing any potential symptoms of bite issues, contact Chianese Dental to schedule an appointment and consultation.