You have a “bad bite” if your teeth do not align properly when biting down. If your bite-force is not appropriately distributed it can lead to uneven wear, damage to dental work, and throw off alignment of your jaw’s tendons, muscles, and nerves. When these delicate components are out of sync, it can arouse chronic pain and other discomforts.
For back teeth, your bite needs adjustment when the points (cusps) and valleys (fossae) don’t line up. Normally, the points and valleys fit together like matching puzzle pieces, but when they don’t, it causes a mouthful of trouble.
When the front teeth aren’t properly aligned, they can’t appropriately minimize the force of the back teeth when chewing. This will eventually damage all teeth, surrounding bone, gums, and the jaw muscles and joints.
Treatment may be as easy as reshaping a few teeth or a bit more involved like orthodontics. We can perform a detailed evaluation, and if we discover you’re in need of treatment, we will discuss the best options to bring balance back to your bite.
7 symptoms of a bad bite:
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Cracked, broken or unevenly worn teeth
- Enamel wear
- Gum recession
- Loss of tooth matter at gum line
- Jaw muscle pain
- Bone loss
- Headaches and facial pain