Did you know your bite can become imbalanced? When malocclusion occurs, you can develop a higher risk of serious complications, including discomfort, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and more. Fortunately, we can correct an imbalance with bite equilibration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bite Equilibration
Question: What causes bite imbalance?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead to bite imbalance, including tooth loss, misalignment, jaw joint issues, and problems with the eruption of the teeth. When we examine your smile, we will look at the wear and friction on your teeth to assess the cause and severity of your issue. We can then suggest the most appropriate treatment option.
Question: What are signs I need treatment?
Answer: In addition to the complications we listed above, other impacts of poor bite balance include receding gums, exposed roots, loose teeth, facial muscle tension, and excessive tooth wear (which includes breakage and fractures). Treating the problem can protect your smile from decay, infection, and more. If you notice one or more of the warning signs we’ve mentioned, then please see us right for a diagnosis and if necessary, to discuss possible treatment options.
Question: How do you offer bite equilibration?
Answer: Using advanced diagnostic models and digital equipment, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, we can gain an understanding of your imbalance. From there, we can select the best options for addressing the issue. We may reshape chewing surfaces with restorations, such as custom-made dental crowns. We can also recommend oral appliances to reposition the jaw and ease tension. Orthodontics, such as the MTM® clear aligner system, can correct misalignment and help improve the balance of your bite. If you have any questions or concerns about bite equilibration, then contact our team today. Don’t continue to live with discomfort, let’s work together to find the best solution for your smile.
Do You Have an Imbalanced Smile?
Dr. Lawson and our team can offer solutions to malocclusion to improve your oral health. We also have an array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.