Learning About Your “Bite”

dental biteHow your teeth fit together is an important component of your total dental health. Your “bite” is the common word for this – malocclusion is the more technical term. If your bite is off it can cause problems – not the least of which is severe pain. You may also experience temperature sensitivity. There are ways to determine whether malocclusion is causing or contributing to tooth pain, sensitivity and discomfort:

  • Does clenching your teeth cause pain? If so, you may have a malocclusion. Clenching is also a good way to find out if a new crown or filling is too “high.” If your bite is on the mark, you should be able to bite hard and grind your teeth together in all directions without discomfort.
  • Does it hurt your jaw to bite down on something? If so, there may be a relationship between your bite and your temporomandibular jaw joint (TMJ). The pain may be associated with a structural disorder, but frequently pain originates in the muscles that move your jaw to accommodate a malocclusion.
  • Do your teeth appear to be wearing away? Severe wear is another sign that your bite is not spot on. If all the enamel on the biting edges of your teeth is worn away, you will see a darker colored surface – the dentin –  which wears down much faster than tooth enamel. This can be damaging when it involves your front teeth – especially your lower front teeth. Correcting your bite may stop or at least slow down the wearing away.

It’s a fact that the most common dental problems are tooth decay and gum disease, but malocclusion can cause more pain and destruction than these more commonly recognized problems.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or a problem with your bite, call to schedule an appointment. We will study the relationship of your teeth and jaw, correct your bite, and perform any necessary dental procedures. Call, today: (304) 845-2480.

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