27 Feb Bite Problem?
Don’t leave it untreated!
Bite problems with the teeth, which are medically referred to as ‘malocclusion’ could include issues like crossbite, underbite, over-crowded teeth and open bites. These types of problems can lead to health issues that can be painful and difficult to treat, particularly if they have been occurring for some time.
The problem with a bite issue is that your teeth won’t be able to function as they need to, simply because they aren’t aligned properly. You may also experience issues like a lisp, or discomfort when talking or eating if the issue is severe.
If you have a bite problem and you’re thinking of leaving it untreated, it could be disastrous for your health later down the line.
What Exactly Is A Bite Problem?
Your teeth should sit in your mouth without any problems with spacing. Each tooth should face the right way without twisting round and the two sets of teeth should sit together so that the top molars sit into the bottom molars when the mouth is closed. When the teeth do not sit how they should it is called malocclusion. It is often caused by genetics, so if your mum or dad had a bite problem you may well have it as well. A bite problem can also be caused by issues like frequent thumb sucking as a child, improperly fitted dental fillings or overcrowded teeth. Most people know if they have a severe bite problem because it will be obvious aesthetically, or problems may start very early on in childhood. With mild bite problems the symptoms may be more subtle and you might not even know you have an issue with your bite.
Everyone is different in the way they are affected by a bite problem and the issue could be severe or quite subtle. It may cause the tongue or the cheeks to have bite marks, issues with chewing or a change in how the face looks. Malocclusions may be classed as class 1, 2 or 3 depending on how severe the problem is. A person may experience problems like jaw ache, pain when chewing, a wearing down of certain teeth and even headaches.
Mild bite issues don’t tend to need any treatment unless the person is bothered by the aesthetics. If the problem is severe, then an orthodontist may recommend treatments like braces, tooth removal to make space for the teeth to spread out correctly, cosmetic bonding, jaw treatment or more substantial complex treatment plans unique to the individual.
The First Step
If you suspect you have a bite problem the first step is coming in to your Egham dentist for a consultation. We can assess the severity of your bite problem and provide you with options based on our assessment. For example, it may be you need to be referred to an orthodontist. Please call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to book you an appointment at a time convenient to you.