abnormal-biteOne of the most common oral health issues that people face today, is that of an abnormal bite. Also known as an ‘occlusion’, an abnormal bite refers to the way that the teeth in your upper jaw fit together with the teeth in your lower jaw, which may result in teeth misalignment. The molars at the top of your mouth should neatly overlay the ridges and valleys of your bottom molars.

If you have this condition, often it’s not because of anything you’ve done (or failed to do!) when it comes to your dental hygiene. Often, an abnormal is hereditary, passed down through generations. However, there are a number of other reasons that one may suffer from an abnormal bite problems:

Our Treatments for an Abnormal Bite

There are a number of different classes that an abnormal bite issues can fall under. When visiting Care Dental Camberwell, we will establish the severity of your condition under one of these three classes:

To establish which class you may fall under, we perform a routine exam. We may ask you to bite down, surveying how well your teeth align when they come back together. If there are any underlying issues, you may need to have some x-rays taken to determine a more thorough diagnosis.

Once we have determined which class your abnormality falls under, a course of treatment can then be prescribed. However, because very few people live with perfectly aligned teeth, most problems are minor and do not require treatment.

If your case is considered severe, there are a number of treatment options available to you:

Why Treat an Abnormal Bite?

Treating an abnormal bite can help to prevent a number of other issues, including tooth decay, the irritation of the mouth and gums, possibly leading to gingivitis, and even problems with speaking and chewing.

When treated early, teeth alignment issues are quicker, easier and less expensive to treat. This makes it important to consult your dental practitioner as soon as possible, as treatment works best in children and adolescents.