What You Need to Know if You Have an Overbite

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If you are someone with an overbite, the first thing you should understand is that it comes from having a misaligned jaw. Unfortunately, for many people who have overbites, it is a source of self-consciousness. That being said, you should also understand that cosmetics aside, an overbite or misaligned jaw can also be a serious dental issue and can cause other problems down the road if not taken care of. Read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey dental team to learn more about overbites and how we can help if you have one.

How do I know if I have an overbite or a misaligned jaw?

Those with misaligned jaws often experience a wide array of symptoms as the years go by. For example, in many cases, a misaligned jaw can cause worn down tooth enamel (leading to pain and sensitivity), problems chewing food, and chronic grinding of the teeth. A misaligned jaw can also cause more severe symptoms such as neck pain, constant headaches, fractured teeth, speech problems, and more. Oftentimes, people with misaligned jaws will also hear popping or cracking noises when chewing food. Rather obviously, these symptoms are serious, which is why if you are currently experiencing them, it is best you have them treated now, rather than later. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can become.

What happens when I come in for treatment for my overbite?

In most cases, the first thing that our dental team will do is to bite down on a piece of mylar paper, as this will clearly show where your teeth are touching one another. From here, we can perform what is known as an occlusal adjustment, which essentially will restore your bite to its natural position. While this sounds like a lot, the truth is, it’s a relatively common and simple procedure. That being said, you cannot trust just any dentist to perform this procedure. The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge have conducted this procedure countless times, and they have the knowledge and experience needed to effectively do the same for you. If you’re ready to get started, simply pick up the phone and 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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