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Adjusting Your Bite: Why Is It Important?

Posted in TMJ Therpy

You’re probably wondering what that is. Is it possible to adjust a bite? Why might you need to adjust your bite?

When it comes to adjusting teeth, more than braces might be necessary. The best way to find out for sure what your bite needs is to have it evaluated by a dental professional.

Adjustment vs. Orthodontic Treatment

Braces and other special retainers can help to encourage teeth into proper position when they are twisted out of alignment. Sometimes, it’s the height of the teeth that poses the problem. If your teeth don’t close together evenly when you bite, then this can be corrected using:

  • Special instruments used to smooth high areas
  • Composite filling material to build up low areas
  • Dental crowns to reinforce teeth
  • A combination of contouring with braces to bring your teeth into alignment

Adjusting Your Bite Can Save Your Teeth

When your bite is off, one side of your mouth closes together sooner or tighter than the other side. Those teeth will experience the brunt of the wear. This makes those teeth more prone to fracture and sensitivity.

Adjusting Your Bite Can Spare You the Headache

An uneven bite will cause your TMJ to work unevenly, as well. One side might become more strained than the other. This can lead to some painful headaches and even irreparable joint damage.

The Treatment You Need!

Your dentist or orthodontist will carefully assess your needs and explain your best options. Adjusting your bite and/or tooth alignment could give you a completely new smile. Treatment could also change your dental health for the better.

To discover what adjustments can benefit your smile, give your local dental office a call and schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122


When Tooth Wear Becomes a Problem

Take a look at your teeth. Are the edges of your front teeth smooth and contoured, or are they flattened and sharp? If your answer is the latter, then it’s time to take a look at advanced tooth wear.

Wear can take place due to natural biting patterns, or from habits such as grinding and clenching. If your teeth hit end-to-end, natural chewing forces will cause them to wear down quicker than if you had a healthy biting relationship. Stress that causes clenching or grinding will make enamel wear against itself, causing additional issues. Having a bite splint made can help prevent this from becoming a problem if you’re experiencing symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, or TMJ disorders.

You might begin noticing your teeth chipping away or even breaking. Since enamel is extremely hard, it works against the other teeth! Other restorations such as fillings or crowns may also begin to chip, wear through, or fall out. In most cases, people with advanced wear or grinding habits will have to replace their restorations more frequently.

Taking a proactive approach to your tooth wear can save your smile and your pocketbook. During every exam, your dentist checks your occlusion (bite) and screens for evidence of wear. Early diagnosis of wear can give you the upper hand. Correcting the problem with the use of a bite guard or through orthodontic therapy will prevent complications from happening before they even start.

Our bites normally change over time, due to age and the drifting of our teeth. If you’re not already seeing a dentist regularly, it’s time to schedule a preventive visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

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