Learn More About Bite Problems
Dental bites can be a real problem for many people. Not only do they cause pain and discomfort, but they can also lead to more serious health problems if not managed correctly.
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Bite problems refer to a misalignment of upper teeth and lower teeth. An abnormal bite or occlusion can cause problems, from headaches to jaw pain to rapid tooth wear. In severe cases, malocclusion can also affect the shape of the face.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bite Problems
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If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have bite problems:
- Mouth pain, including aching teeth and jaw muscles.
- Headaches, especially tension headaches.
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open your mouth.
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide.
- Upper teeth and lower teeth that don’t meet properly when you close your mouth.
A variety of factors can cause bite problems.
- Misaligned teeth. When your permanent teeth don’t line up properly, it can affect your bite and make chewing difficult and increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Bruxism: This is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth involuntarily. It can cause your teeth to become misaligned.
- Impacted Teeth: If a tooth does not erupt through the gum line, it is considered impacted. Impacted teeth can cause pain, inflammation, and infection in the gums. They can also lead to crowding of the teeth and misalignment.
- Trauma: An injury to the face or jaw can cause changes in the alignment of the teeth that may affect your teeth bite.
- Childhood bad habit: Thumb sucking or using a pacifier for a long period, which causes problems with the alignment of your children’s baby teeth.
You might want to seek orthodontic treatment for your bite problems for many reasons. Bite problems can lead to several serious complications over time, including:
- Difficulty chewing or speaking: This can make it hard to eat nutritious foods or affect your speech.
- Pain in the jaw, face, or neck: This can be caused by teeth that are not in alignment or by TMJ disorders.
- Sleep problems: Night time grinding (bruxism) can disrupt sleep and cause other health problems.
- Jaw growth irregularities: Ignoring bite problems can cause the jaw to grow abnormally, leading to facial deformities.
- Headache: If you have an overbite or other common bite problems, it can strain your jaw joints and give you a headache.
Your dentist will work with you to identify the cause of your abnormal bite issues and develop a plan to address them. In some cases, simple changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine may be all that is needed to improve your bite.
In other cases, more treatment options may be necessary. Your dentist will discuss the form of treatment options with you and help you choose the proper course of action for your situation.
Bite problems can be prevented with early intervention. When a child is first getting their teeth, it’s important to monitor their bite. As an adult, you can also take steps to prevent bite problems. Practising good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.