The way that your jaw closes may be misaligned due to interferences in your mouth. To ensure that your mouth closes in an anatomically correct way and protects your teeth from future bruxism or jaw tension, a dental professional can perform a bite adjustment.
If you have a misaligned bite, it is important that you do not ignore the symptoms. A misaligned bite can result in significant dental issues down the road. Speak with your dentist about potential treatment options if you have noticed that your bite is not lining up properly.
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What are the symptoms of a misaligned bite?
Your dentist may notice that your bite is misaligned during your routine cleaning. When your dentist asks you to open and close your mouth, they may notice a variety of signs that may mean that you have a misaligned bite including the following:
- You have fractured teeth
- Your jaw does not open evenly on both sides
- Bruxism, which means chronic teeth grinding or clenching
- Your jaw makes clicking or crackling noises when opening
- Your enamel is worn away
- Chronic neck aches or headaches
What bite adjustment treatment options are available to me?
Your dentist will likely recommend an occlusal adjustment if they find that your bite is off. An occlusal adjustment is a simple procedure that includes your dentist having you bite down on mylar paper. This will allow your dentist to see all of the areas where your teeth come into contact with one another. They will then be able to assess what is causing the interference that is misaligning your bite. Your dentist will smooth the areas that are causing issues with your bite.
Your bite will not show any further color changes on the mylar paper once all of the areas of interference have been addressed. This means that your jaw has been restored to its natural position.
If bruxism has caused your misaligned bite, your dentist may give you a nightguard. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep.
If you believe that you have a misaligned bite, it is important that you receive treatment. A misaligned bite that is left untreated may lead to Temporomandibular Disorder in your jaw.
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