“Occlusion” is the word we use to describe the delicate biting relationship between your upper and lower arch of teeth. Each tooth lines up in a precise manner with its partners, occluding with the ones opposite of them.
But if your occlusion or “bite” is off and teeth are biting together irregularly, it can cause serious long-term effects. Here are just a few:
TMJ Disorder — Any time your TMJ is having to make up for a healthy biting relationship, it can cause lingering joint issues. The overuse and strain can ultimately lead to TMJ disorder or joint deterioration. Symptoms include headaches, jaw pain, and a limited range of motion.
Premature Tooth Wear — Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. But when teeth don’t occlude properly, heavy pressure on specific points throughout your mouth can cause those teeth to wear down prematurely. Especially since you’re chewing hundreds of times per day. In time, you’ll start to notice flattened teeth, sharp edges, or crumbling dental work.
Increase in Cavities and Gum Disease — Misaligned teeth are at a statistically higher risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal infections. Even if you have good oral hygiene and floss each day, those parts of your smile are more prone to issues. Scheduling a checkup every six months and having a thorough exam will help you pinpoint and stay ahead of any major issues before they get out of control.
Call Our Neuromuscular Dentistry Practice
Prime Dental Care provides neuromuscular dentistry treatments in Princeton. If your notice that your teeth have shifted or one side hits higher than the other, contact us to reserve an exam.
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Princeton, NJ, 08540