Learning more about your teeth and your bite is important to your overall dental health because it enables you to know what to look out for to help prevent long-term issues. Your occlusion affects not only your teeth, but your health in general.
What is dental occlusion?
Dental occlusion is also called the “bite,” which refers to the way your teeth come together and the alignment of those teeth. In order to have a healthy occlusion that functions properly — your teeth, joints, muscles and jaw must all come into exact alignment and work in harmony.
What is malocclusion?
When your bite is not properly aligned, it is called malocclusion. This type of bite can vary greatly depending on the person, but often fall into a category. Some of these categories include:
Most times, you will know if you have malocclusion based on crowding. However, symptoms may include jaw pain, jaw popping, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, and muscle pain in the neck and jaw can all be indications that your teeth are misaligned.
How We Can Help
If you suspect that you have malocclusion, it is important to contact an experienced dentist as soon as possible. At Pace Dental, we help ease the anxiety of our patients by giving a thorough explanation of any issues they may have and how these problems can be solved. We want you to be comfortable with your dentist and we’re here to help you live a healthy, pain-free life. Call us at (703) 938-6800 to schedule an appointment today.