Bite: Why The Alignment of Your Teeth Is Important

  • By Chelsea Perry
  • Oct 09, 2018

Sure, your teeth may not appear to be crooked and your bite may not appear to be off to you. However, the way your teeth align and how they come together when you bite down or chew is important. If things don't line up just right, it can cause issues - cosmetic, functional and some problems can be severely painful.

Young woman holding the side of her cheek that’s showing red pain

Occlusion is how your lower and upper teeth fit together when the jaws are closed. If this alignment is off, problems with the jaw joints, facial muscles or teeth can occur. Severe occlusal problems can destroy teeth if not repaired. TMJ disorders (temporomandiular joint) can be associated with occlusal problems and often cause a lot of pain and discomfort. The TMJ connects your jawbone to your scull and serves as a hinge. If your bite is off, TMJ disorders can be present, causing pain and potential damage.

Our prosthodontists at Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Oettinger and Dr. Sulik, have the experience and expertise to perform the advanced dental care necessary to correct your bite or the misalignment of your teeth. Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialists that is recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics refers to dental specialty including dental implants, esthetic, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, temporomandibular disorders (TMD or TMJ), occlusion (bit) and comprehensive multi-specialty planning.

If your bite is causing you functional problems or any sort of pain, please see your regular dentist. Your general dentist will work with us to develop a treatment plan to achieve a properly aligned bite.

Located in Southern Pines, our office is conveniently located to serve eastern North Carolina.

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