There is a term for how the upper and lower jaw fits together. It is called occlusion, and it is a natural fit for most people. However, there are some individuals whose teeth are not properly aligned. When this happens, it is known as traumatic occlusion, or you could say that they have a “bad bite.” It is an issue where there is not enough space for all of their teeth to align. Having a bad bite affects how they smile and how their mouths function when chewing. It could also lead to other issues, like gum disease, when it is not treated. If this is something you are experiencing, your Leawood, KS, dentist can help you. 

The Reason It Should Be Treated

If a bad bite is left untreated, a patient has a greater risk of developing periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gum tissues and bone that supports your teeth. Because of the teeth that are out of alignment, the bite pressure from other teeth increases. This may cause them to become loose or infected.  

Signs And Symptoms To Be Aware Of

These signs and symptoms, though they may be attributed to other dental issues, should be considered when needing treatment for traumatic occlusion. They include jaw pain, gum tissue that is inflamed, shifted or loose teeth, fillings or teeth that are fractured, and discomfort when biting or chewing. Please visit your Leawood, KS, dentist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms so that we can properly diagnose the issue and provide preventive care. 

What To Expect When Treatment Is Needed

An occlusal equilibration procedure is often how traumatic occlusion is treated. This involves sculpting down the teeth’s biting surfaces in order to create balance and proper alignment. In turn, this helps lead to less pressure on the teeth so that they are less likely to grow weak or get an infection. Occlusal restoration is another treatment that is sometimes recommended. This restorative dentistry procedure replaces misaligned teeth in an effort to improve the function of a mouth. Similar to braces, jaw repositioners can also be used that are adjusted and tightened over time to help align teeth. Finally, there are a few other ways the issue can be treated. These include occlusal adjustment (similar to occlusal equilibration), orthodontics, and orthognathic surgery. This last one is done when the jawbone needs correction more so than teeth needing to be aligned. 

Schedule An Appointment With Us To Address A Bad Bite 

We can help if your bite is out of alignment and is making you feel uncomfortable. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.