Complications A Bite Problem Can Cause To Your Oral Health And Your Daily Life
At the Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group, we want to help patients with treatments that will improve their quality of life. We want to help patients improve issues with their oral health that may be impacting their daily lives or lead to serious problems with their oral health in the future. One problem that patients may not realize can be negative for their oral health is an issue with their bite and the alignment of their teeth. The bite refers to the way the upper and lower jaws and teeth come together. A bad bite is when the teeth do not line up properly or, in some serious cases, they do not meet at all. Over time, bite problems that are not corrected with orthodontic care can lead to complications with your oral health. Issues that you may notice include:
Uneven Wear of the Teeth
When the teeth are not aligned properly, certain teeth may rub or touch when you speak, eat, or close your mouth. Due to the incorrect contact, the enamel of the teeth may become prematurely worn and damaged. When this occurs, it is not uncommon for patients to experience problems such as tooth sensitivity, cracked, or broken teeth.
Jaw and Facial Discomfort
An unbalanced bite can cause certain facial muscles to work harder than others. This can lead to discomfort in your cheeks, jaw, and forehead and can cause tension headaches. Patients who experience this often develop temporomandibular joint disorders.
Recurring Issues with Decay
Depending on the type of bite you have, you may notice it is difficult to properly brush and floss your teeth. Over time, this will lead to the need for dental treatments due to recurring issues with dental decay and gum disease.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing issues with your bite and you are in Newmarket, ON or the surrounding area, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gray specializes in treating patients with jaw development issues and will be happy to create the necessary treatment plan for you to get results that will improve your life.