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Jul
17

Bite Analysis

Posted in TMJ Therpy

How you bite is not something that most people give much consideration to, until, that is, their jaws begin to ache. Optimal bite and jaw position are essential in dental care. Known technically as “occlusion,” bite analysis and correction is extremely important as the foundation of dentistry. How the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions in the mouth will determine how the teeth fit together and work. When the jaw joints are misaligned, it results in an uneven distribution of biting forces and is considered to be a major factor for TMJ syndrome.

Improper bite alignment can cause pain in the mouth and jaw as well as the deterioration of teeth. When teeth do not fit together properly in the mouth they can push against each other when a person closes his/her mouth. This causes force against the TMJ, and repeated force can cause soreness, discomfort, and even severe pain in many patients. The wearing down of the tooth enamel is also a negative factor in malocclusion (improper bite).

Dentists have found a link between teeth grinding and malocclusion. Teeth grinding can cause severe headaches, sleep loss, jaw pain, and other symptoms. TMJ can also cause many of the same symptoms, and both teeth grinding and TMJ can be caused by malocclusion.

Having a bite analysis done by your dentist is the first step in correcting the misalignment of your bite. A bite analysis is a computer based assessment that looks at how the teeth in a person’s mouth fit together. It can show bite problems on a detailed, digital screen that can not be seen by a visual exam.

You don’t have to suffer from TMJ pain, headaches, or excessive tooth wear. Talk with your doctor about having a bite analysis performed to help your mouth fit, and feel, its best.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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10

Bite Analysis & Correction

A bite that is not properly aligned can cause several types of issues for people. A “malocclusion” exists when the teeth and jaw joints do not properly fit together. When a person’s bite is off, an uneven distribution of force is put on the teeth and jaw while chewing. A malocclusion is often considered one of the major factors in patients who grind and clench their teeth. A malocclusion is also a likely component in those who suffer from chronic headaches because of the uneven force on the teeth and jaw. A bite analysis and correction done by a dental professional can help to promote optimal oral and physical health.

A bite analysis is a simple procedure that is done in a dental office. Patients are asked to bite down on the mouth piece of a handheld scanning device. The device measures the pressure and force of a person’s bite from all angles. It can tell dentists which teeth undergo more pressure, which lower teeth and upper teeth do not touch each other, and if there is a misalignment of the teeth or jaw. The procedure is painless, simple, and quick – yet it can provide you and your dentist with valuable information regarding your oral health.

For some patients, orthodontic treatments are the best care for malocclusion. For others, a simple mouth guard can make an enormous difference. Your dentist can talk with you and your results from a bite analysis in order to determine which treatment plan will work best at relieving your negative symptoms of a misaligned bite.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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