When a person’s mouth is closed their top teeth should touch their bottom teeth in an even manner – that is at the same time and with the same amount of pressure. The top teeth should slightly fit over the top teeth. However, if some teeth aren’t properly aligned or some touch harder than others, then you may have what is termed as an ‘imperfect bite’ or malocclusion. If this isn’t corrected by Glasgow orthodontics then it can cause serious and life-long problems. By correcting the bite and improving the patient’s ability to bite and chew normally, it prevents a whole host of dental disorders.
If a malocclusion isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow then it can lead to many serious problems, including
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
- Crowded, cracked teeth
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Ever worsening periodontal disease
- Loose or missing teeth
- Mild toothache which may become more severe and result in a need for root canal therapy
- Jaw joint problems
- Clicking noise when jaw is opened and closed
- Teeth grinding especially at night
- Damage to dentures or dental implants
- Nerve or muscle disorders
As well symptoms related directly to your mouth, gums, and teeth, you could also experience the following:
- Headaches (even as severe as migraines), neck aches, and shoulder pains
- Muscle spasms in your face or neck
- Jaws which feel constantly tired
- Face may feel sensitive to touch
- You may not feel like smiling because you’re ashamed about the appearance of your teeth
The specific occlusal treatment to correct the bite depends on the cause and symptoms of the problem. Treatment may involve your Glasgow dentist reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth with drilling and filling of uneven surfaces, so that they come together when you bite down. Alternatively reconstruction may be needed, possibly with one or more crowns. The aim is to restore the teeth and bite to a far healthier one. You may even need to wear guards or splints at night to align them and prevent teeth grinding. Finally Glasgow orthodontics treatment with braces and retainers may be necessary to realign and reposition your teeth.
No matter what treatment you receive you will need to pay regular visits to your dentist to ensure that no further treatment is needed. Teeth continue to move as a person ages, although they’re unlikely to notice this, but your dentist will be able to monitor your bite and make sure it doesn’t worsen.
If you’re suffering with an imperfect bite then it really does make sense to have it corrected. Should you need to wear braces, then thanks to modern dental technology such as clear braces in Glasgow and transparent aligners, straightening your teeth is more discreet than ever. Why not book a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care and he can examine your teeth and discuss all of your dental options. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.