Compassionate Family Dentists Serving Morris & Somerset County
Interferences in your mouth can result in the misalignment of the way your jaw closes or you bite. An experienced dental professional can perform a bite adjustment to help make sure your mouth closes in an anatomically correct way, protecting your teeth from future bruxism or jaw tension. You mustn’t ignore a misaligned bite, as it can result in significant dental problems down the road. If you have noticed that your bite is not lining up properly, you should speak with your dentist about treatment options. Dental Associates of Basking Ridge has helped patients with dental issues since 1947. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our experienced team of dental professionals.
Misaligned Bite Symptoms
When you go to the dentist for a routine cleaning, they may notice that your bite is misaligned when they ask you to open and close your mouth. Some signs of a misaligned bite can include the following:
- Your jaw does not open evenly on both sides
- Your jaw makes clicking or crackling noises when you open it
- You have fractured teeth
- Enamel has been worn away
- Chronic teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism
- Chronic neck aches or headaches
Bite Adjustment Treatment Options
If your dentist finds that your bite is off, they will likely recommend an occlusal adjustment. This is a relatively simple procedure where your dentist will have you bite down on mylar paper, which shows all of the areas that your teeth come into contact with one another. Your dentist can assess what is causing the interference that is misaligning your bite and will smooth the areas that are causing problems with your bite. Once all of the areas of interference have been addressed, your bite will not show any further color changes on the mylar paper and your jaw has been restored to its natural position. It is important to be aware that if bruxism is the cause of your misaligned bite, your dentist may give you a nightguard to prevent you from grinding your teeth. You must get a misaligned bite fixed because if left untreated, you may experience a Temporomandibular Disorder in your jaw.
Contact Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
If you are suffering from interference in your mouth that has caused your bite to become misaligned, you must speak with an experienced dental professional. Your dentist can help you determine the cause of this issue and resolve it before it becomes a greater issue in the future. The experienced dental professionals at Dental Associates of Basking Ridge have been proudly serving clients in Basking Ridge and throughout Somerset County with all of their dental matters since 1947. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team of dentists and hygienists.