An uneven bite after a filling is very common and can easily be fixed by your dentist — open on Saturday, if that fits best in your schedule. Your dentist works to correct bite problems with a teeth bite adjustment. This involves biting onto a special paper that shows where the bite problems are. You may have an uneven bite after fillings or crowns, or you may have had one since childhood. Trust your Bronx dentist to fix your uneven bite.
Few people have a perfect bite. A correct bite aligns your teeth precisely, not only showing a beautiful smile, but making eating and speaking easy to manage. Some people have an obvious overbite or underbite, with teeth that are noticeably misaligned. Others have a crooked or twisted smile because of their teeth. Most people with an uneven bite, though, have more subtle abnormalities.
An uneven bite is more than just an issue for a cosmetic dentist. An uneven bite puts strain on the mechanics of your jaw and teeth. You may experience jaw pain and discomfort. There’s even a risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. Your dentist (open on Sunday) works to not only correct your bite, but find the underlying cause.
Signs You Need Teeth Bite Adjustment
Although many people live with a slightly uneven bite with relatively few problems, you can recognize the signs that you may need a bite adjustment. The symptoms include the following:
- Some uneven bite issues are noticeable. Twisted, overcrowded or crooked teeth and teeth that don’t line up with the midline of your face indicate bite issues. Your Saturday dentist may notice minor issues that are less obvious during your routine cleanings.
- The uneven alignment of your bite keeps your teeth and jaw from working properly. Your muscles become strained, so after some time, your condition can lead to chronic headaches.
- Uneven wear and tear. This symptom may appear as tooth sensitivity. Because your teeth don’t line up correctly, your bite creates worn spots, especially on the sides of your teeth. As the enamel wears away, your teeth become more sensitive and more at risk for tooth decay.
- Grinding or clenching. If you grind or clench your teeth, you may need a teeth bite adjustment. Your teeth strive for symmetry, and you grind or clench to compensate. Teeth grinding or bruxism is a treatable condition, even if the cause is an uneven bite.
- Jaw pain. When your muscles are straining to compensate for an uneven bite, you work your jawbone more than necessary. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction occurs in the joint of your jawbone. Severe cases of TMJ disorder result in difficulty opening and closing your mouth.
Uneven Bite after Fillings
When you receive dental work — such as new fillings, veneers or crowns — your bite changes. Your mouth is usually numb at the time of dental work, so it’s hard to tell if the restoration is really too high or too thick. The local anesthesia injected into your muscle surrounding the tooth may change your bite slightly.
Your dentist uses carbon paper and other methods to judge the best lines for your bite adjustment after finishing your dental work. He may request a follow-up appointment a few days later after your mouth accustoms itself to the new dental work, just to make sure your bite is still even.
Treatment for Correct Bite
Diagnosis and treatment of an uneven bite can take many forms. Your dentist’s primary goal is to stabilize your jaw and relieve pressure and strain with a correct bite. Methods include:
- Reductive coronoplasty. Your dentist reshapes the biting surface of your teeth by carefully and minimally reducing or grinding off high areas. Since this involves removal of tooth enamel, this technique is reserved only for the smallest of changes. Your dentist strives to preserve as much enamel as possible.
- Additive coronoplasty. Whenever possible, your Bronx dentist much prefers adding biting contacts. The dentist uses composite resin, especially for relatively small changes, to build up the tooth to align your bite.
- Porcelain crowns. Major changes to one or two teeth sometimes require a more durable material. Porcelain crowns are custom-made in various shapes and sizes to provide a more permanent solution to your teeth bite adjustment.
- Removable full or partial dentures. Your dentist may suggest full or partial dentures for bite issues involving several or all your teeth. Dentures compensate for missing teeth and keep existing teeth in place.
- Orthodontic treatment. Your cosmetic dentist is also a general dentist, so he offers Invisalign to help straighten your teeth. Methods that align your natural teeth are always preferable to artificial teeth.
- Orthognathic surgery. In rare cases, or if injury occurs, surgery may be required to realign your jaw. This extensive treatment takes several weeks for recovery.
Understanding the underlying mechanics of your entire jaw joint makes teeth bite adjustment more successful. A correct bite is more than just vanity. The continued health of your teeth and mouth require your dentist (open on Saturday) to carefully consider all factors regarding your uneven bite.
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