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Occlusal Problems

Your teeth are designed to come together in a specific way for your bite to function properly.

When the muscles and joints of the jaw work together in harmony, it results in a healthy occlusion.  When they do not work together this causes a misaligned bite, known as malocclusion. Common indicators of a misaligned bite include crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or front teeth that touch when biting down.

An unbalanced bite can cause a lot of pain and patients often do not associate this discomfort with their mouths and a possible bite problem, often suffering for a long time without realising that their pain could be easily fixed through occlusion assessment.

Malocclusion can lead to a number of problems including worn teeth, broken restorations, jaw and/or facial pain, even gum disease and tooth loss.

  • If you have teeth that are crooked, heavily worn or are constantly breaking, fillings that fracture, or crowns that work loose, you may have a misaligned bite. In addition your teeth may be tender to bite on or may ache constantly.
  • Loose teeth or receding gums can be made worse by a misaligned bite and if you are missing some teeth at the back of your mouth, this may lead to an unbalanced bite.
  • Clicking, popping sounds, or pain in your jaw joints, and difficulty or pain on opening or closing your mouth, could be due to the way your teeth come together.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). If you suffer from headaches, or neck and shoulder pain, this may be linked with possible jaw problems. And if you suffer from pain or discomfort on the side of your face around your ears or jaw joints, these issues may also be symptomatic of problems associated with a misaligned bite.

Occlusion is taken very seriously here at The Essex Smile Centre. We believe it’s better to fix something before it breaks completely; after all we only get one set of adult teeth. Declan, Stephen and the skilled clinical team here have undertaken advanced training to carefully evaluate occlusal problems.

They are able to examine the health and functionality of your whole mouth and make recommendations on how to achieve a healthy bite, where all your teeth hit at the same time.

An occlusal assessment is likely to improve the longevity of your teeth and reduce the chances of painful dental problems developing in the future. Speak to us today to find out more and book an initial assessment.



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