The Importance of Occlusion & Your Teeth Alignment

  • By Chelsea Perry
  • Jul 16, 2018

Occlusion is how your teeth line up when you bite down or chew. When the alignment of your upper and lower teeth is off, occlusion problems occur. Occlusion problems can cause pain and even cause damage to your teeth. By avoiding occlusion problems, you could suffer severe damage to your teeth that may result in the requirement of replacement teeth.

Dentist and assistant examining a young girl’s mouth in her dental chair

When a person's bite (or occlusion) is healthy, the jaws are close in size and the teeth are proportionate to the size of the jaws as well as aligned and allow the joint to sit supported in its natural, relaxed position when they come together. By just looking in the mirror at your smile or resting face, it may be difficult to determine if your bite is off or needs work.

TMJ disorders are common in the event that occlusion is not correct. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. If you have misalignment of teeth or jaws, too many teeth or even lost or missing teeth, these are dental problems that Dr. Oettinger and Dr. Sulik can make an effort to correct.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to misaligned teeth or occlusion problems, please consult your primary dentist. They then can refer you to Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center, where we can work with your dentist to develop a comprehensive plan to correct any issues that you may have.

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