During your appointments at our Charlottesville dental office, you may have heard your dental team talk about “occlusion”, and you may have thought to yourself, “What are they talking about?” Basically, occlusion is just a dentist’s way of describing the way your top teeth come in contact with your bottom teeth when your mouth is closed. More commonly, occlusion is referred to as your bite.
The relationship between your upper and lower teeth is important to your overall dental health. A bite that’s misaligned can lead to a variety of issues including:
Any number of things can cause a bad bite. Sometimes, people are born with a bite that, if left untreated, could cause any number of problems later in life. Other times, an accident, clenching or grinding teeth, or missing teeth can change your bite into one that’s uncomfortable and leads to pain or the need for dental repairs.
There are some key things to look for that may indicate you have a problem with your occlusion such as:
There are several treatment options to correct occlusion. Each person’s situation is different and the appropriate treatment can vary greatly. It’s best to talk with your dentist in Charlottesville to determine which may be best for you.
If you suspect your bite is the root of any discomfort you may be experiencing or any dental problems you have, we recommend calling our dental office in Charlottesville. We’ll evaluate your bite and talk with you about any treatment options that may help correct it.
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