What’s a Bad Bite?

In an ideal world, your upper and lower teeth would fit together perfectly when you close your mouth. We don’t live in an ideal world, and we certainly have imperfect bodies. Most people’s teeth don’t fit together properly – and this condition is known as a bad bite or malocclusion. It’s also called occlusal disease.

What’s the big deal? Well, when your teeth don’t fit together well, they graze against each other constantly as you chew and speak. Our jaws exert significant pressure, so over time, back teeth can wear down or chip and fracture. Furthermore, a bad bite affects the jaw joints, or TMJs. When your jaw joints aren’t properly positioned, muscles and nerves become stressed. This leads to a few problems:

  • Clenching and grinding teeth (bruxism)
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Chronic earaches
  • Popping and clicking jaw joints
  • Inability to fully open and close the mouth
  • Sore face, jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles
  • Tingling fingers
  • Low back pain

In short, a bad bite can cause TMJ disorder and pain, in addition to tooth wear. To correct your bite, Dr. Askari can create ideal occlusion in your back teeth. By first determining the ideal jaw joint position, she can then determine which of your teeth need restoration. Crowns will be created and placed on upper and/or lower teeth that are causing your bad bite. Most people with ideal occlusion have undergone some restorative work in the back of their mouths.

With a properly positioned bite, your teeth will no longer harm each other when you chew and speak. Your jaw muscles and related nerves will become de-stressed because your TMJs will be properly seated. As a result, the pain and tooth wear you formerly experienced will no longer be a problem.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, or if you know that you have a bad bite, call Comfort Dental Spa today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aziza Askari. Located in Farmington Hills, Comfort Dental Spa provides cosmetic and restorative dental care to patients from across the Detroit area.