Bite balancing – Bite Balancing should build the life span of your normal dentition and biting framework by conveying uniformly the powers that are connected to the natural dentition and dental work.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BITES?
In a normal bite, the top teeth, also known as the maxillary teeth bite a little bit over the bottom teeth or the mandibular teeth. The back molars fit together like puzzle pieces for efficient chewing and biting.
In an overbite, the upper teeth bite over and in front of the bottom teeth. A person with an overbite may be described as having large teeth or “buck teeth”. They may also develop problems by accidentally biting or sucking their bottom lip.
A person with an underbite will have their lower teeth protruding in from of the top teeth. People with underbites may appear as if they have very large lower jaws compared to smaller upper faces.
When someone’s teeth are in crossbite, this means that the upper and lower jaws are misaligned in some or all areas. One or more of the upper teeth will bite inside the lower teeth. This can cause problems such as cheek or lip biting and can take place on the front or sides of the mouth.
An underbite occurs when the teeth are unable to contact each other during a normal bite or chewing stroke. This can happen between some or all of the teeth. With an openbite, speech and chewing can be difficult because the teeth never actually touch one another.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF MY BITE IS OFF?
Naturally, your jaw joints and teeth work in harmony to bite together, speak, chew and smile. However, when this relationship becomes out of balance, devastating effects can take place. Your bite can be off because of many reasons, including crowded teeth, crooked teeth, improperly fitting fillings or crowns, or abnormal or uneven jaw growth. If jaw problems and crowding are not fixed at a young age, they can cause problems later in life. These problems include tooth pain, excessive tooth wear, loose teeth that may fall out, sore muscles, ligaments, or tendons of the jaw and neck, broken teeth, and gum recession. The teeth are important protectors of the jaw joint, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and vice versa. Problems with the teeth can cause problems in the TMJ and TMJ problems can sometimes affect the teeth. For more information on jaw pain, please watch the following video from the American Dental Association.
HOW CAN MY DENTIST FIX MY BITE?
If you think that there is a problem with your bite, it is important to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will help you to determine the best course of action in treating your teeth, jaws, or a combination of both. Treatment may involve orthodontics or braces, oral surgery, splint or nightguard therapy, modification or replacement of crowns or fillings, habit modification, or physical therapy. Your dentist will need to perform a comprehensive workup to determine the correct treatment and treatment order to address your needs and wishes.