An incorrect bite can cause damage to teeth, gums, and bone in the jaw, cause intermittent or chronic pain, and make it difficult to speak, eat or smile with confidence. Drs. Craddock and Godat, our experienced Memphis periodontists, can help provide solutions for a misaligned bite and restore proper form and functionality to your smile.
Occlusion is the relationship between your upper and lower arches of teeth. Your bite should be even with teeth aligned in such a way that no tooth bears undue pressure. A misaligned bite, or improper occlusion, can cause multiple problems including temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD.
Aligning a bite, called occlusion, is important when a tooth bears undue pressure when the upper and lower teeth meet to prevent damage to teeth, gums, and underlying bone.
Bite therapy can gently and efficiently realign the way your upper and lower arches and individual teeth within each arch interact with each other. When proper occlusion is achieved, many patients who have suffered for years with headaches, jaw, neck and shoulder pain report their issues lessen significantly or disappear altogether. In addition, realigning a bite can help prevent damage to the teeth, gums, and underlying bone.
Grinding of teeth (also known as bruxism) and clenching of the jaw are two common types of bite habits which can cause damage to your teeth. Grinding your teeth can wear down your enamel and change the shape of your teeth. Clenching causes too much pressure to build up by squeezing the teeth, which can lead to an actual cracked or broken tooth.
When teeth show wear, looseness, spacing (gaps between teeth), or shifting (called bite collapse), and/ or when damage/ pain occurs in TMJ (jaw joint) . The latter is also called TMJ Disorder (TMD).
There Are Two Types Of Destructive Bite Habits That Occur At Night, In The Day, Or Both And Contribute To Bite Problems:
Bite therapy is normally a collection of procedures or solutions which can be combined to meet the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Godat and Dr.Craddock may recommend any or all of the following:
Contact us today for a consultation and find out if bite therapy could be right for you.
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