Ideally, when our adult teeth have fully erupted, our upper and lower teeth will match up perfectly so that our jaws can close properly and allow us to chew effectively. Unfortunately, many of us will not have a perfect bite and over time, certain factors can cause even well-aligned bites to shift, impacting our comfort and oral health.
Simple aging and wear and tear can lead to teeth that are not aligned properly. This creates a bite issue and ultimately an issue with chewing. Illness, trauma, and other issues can also play a roll. Maybe you’ve been dealing with misalignment and malocclusion your entire life. At Fioritto Family Dental, our doctors will diagnose your dental issues, and adjust your bite as needed to improve chewing, increase comfort, and prevent further damage.
If you have issues with bruxism, grinding or clenching of the teeth, you are likely prematurely wearing down the surfaces of your teeth. The first step is to stop the damage with a custom bite guard. Bite guards help to separate the tooth surfaces and prevent further degradation of the teeth. They may be worn at night, during the day or both.
Many patients have teeth reshaped to eliminate tiny chips along the tooth edge or to create a straight, uniform smile line. We can also use reshaping to address complex bite issues caused by wear of tooth surfaces. We’ll begin by assessing your bite, determine where bite pressures are uneven, and then reshape areas were excessive wear has occurred to evenly distribute pressure across your bite. This will not only help with current bite problems, but it will help to prevent future issues.
Misalignment of teeth and malocclusion of the jaw can cause lifelong bite problems. The best way to treat such issues may be with the use of orthodontic braces, or alternatively, invisible aligner trays. Our doctors will assess your specific misalignment and/or malocclusion and recommend the right therapy for you.
Over time, fillings and crowns can become worn, just like natural teeth. Although they are initially formed to perfectly match your existing bite patterns, wear and tear can impact their efficacy. If you begin to notice problems with your bite centered on fillings or crowns, contact Fioritto Family Dental for an assessment. It may be time to replace worn dental work.
In some cases, badly worn or damaged teeth may require reconstruction. This could mean placing a filling or crown to replace the damaged portion of the tooth, or in extreme cases, it may involve extracting the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant or a bridge. Our dentists will find the perfect solution to adjust your bite and restore your beautiful smile.
If your bite issues are causing discomfort or are affecting your ability to chew, contact the highly experienced and well-trained dentists at Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511. You can also reach out to us online via email or use our online contact form.