Published: Sep 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven
When you close your mouth, your top teeth should evenly touch your bottom teeth. All top teeth should touch the bottom teeth at the same time and with equal pressure. Your top teeth should fit slightly over your bottom teeth. If some teeth touch harder than others, or are not properly aligned with each other, your "bite" may be imperfect.
The dental term for an imperfect bite is malocclusion. A malocclusion may cause serious and life-long problems if left uncorrected. An occlusal adjustment corrects the malocclusion and repairs the bite for normal chewing and prevents a multitude of dental disorders.
A malocclusion that is left uncorrected may lead to serious problems. Some examples include:
In addition to symptoms and causes that you may directly relate to your mouth, gums or teeth, you may also suffer:
An occlusal adjustment treats the problem that is causing the unhealthy bite. The specific treatment depends on the cause and symptoms of the bite problem.
No matter what treatment you experience, you need regular visits to your dentist to be sure no further treatment is needed. Your teeth continue to move as you age even though the movement is so slight you will not notice it. Your dentist will monitor your bite and be able to institute treatment before the problem worsens. Contact Caven Dental or visit us online at www.cavendental.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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