What is an Overbite?

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The structure of a mouth is complicated. Everyone is different. Unfortunately, a misaligned jaw, whether it be an overbite or otherwise can cause far more problems than simply cosmetic ones. If you are someone who believes you have a misaligned jaw, however, you have nothing to fear–our experienced New Jersey dental team can help. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable team to learn more about misaligned jaws and how we can help you fix yours if you have one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I have a misaligned jaw?

As stated above, a misaligned jaw is a bigger problem than a cosmetic one. There are various symptoms associated with misaligned jaws that serve as indicators that you may need a dentist’s intervention. Some of those symptoms are as follows:

  • Frequent pain in your neck
  • A jaw that does not evenly open or close
  • Frequently, and primarily breathing through your mouth
  • Having your teeth improperly align
  • Having your jaw make cracking or popping noises when chewing or speaking
  • Fractured teeth
  • Accidentally, and frequently, biting your cheek when chewing
  • Having certain speech problems
  • Worn down tooth enamel, which often causes sensitive teeth
  • Chronic grinding or clenching of your teeth, either while asleep or in waking hours
  • Frequent headaches

If you are someone who frequently experiences any of the aforementioned symptoms, there is a very good chance that you have a jaw alignment problem. You must address this problem with an experienced dental team as soon as you can, for if you let it go untreated, there is a very good chance it will persist, or even worsen. We can help you!

What is the standard course of treatment for a misaligned bite?

There are several things our team can do to help your misaligned bite, though the course of treatment depends on your specific situation. Generally, we will give patients with misaligned bites an occlusal adjustment, wherein your dentist will simply ask you to bite down on a piece of mylar paper. This informs the dentist of where your teeth are touching one another, thereby illustrating the type of bite misalignment you have. Once we know exactly what the source of your discomfort and misalignment is, we can then address the problem, thereby restoring your bite to its natural position. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call today.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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