Eliminate Pain from Bite Issues with the Proper Alignment of Your Teeth
Occlusion refers to the way your teeth align. Healthy teeth are straight and properly aligned, with the upper jaw just slightly overlapping the lower jaw. Malocclusion, on the other hand, is the condition where the teeth don’t come together properly, leading to issues with your bite. There are different types of malocclusion, depending on the way your teeth are misaligned. Malocclusion can lead to oral health complications, cause teeth and jaw pain, shifting teeth, and facial structure changes. At Culp Dental, Dr. Culp has the experience to perform dental bite adjustments in Rock Hill, SC, so your teeth align properly.
Types of Malocclusion
Overbite – The upper jaw significantly overlaps the lower jaw, leaving a large gap between the teeth
Underbite – The lower jaw overlaps the upper jaw and protrudes outward, leading to a change in the shape of the face
Crossbite – One or more teeth on one side of the jaw do not correspond to the tooth on the other side
What Causes Malocclusion?
There are some risk factors for malocclusion, but most cases are caused by genetic factors, abnormal tooth growth, as the result of an injury, or if you’ve had dental treatments such as a crown, bridge, filling, or tooth extraction. When your jaws aren’t aligned correctly, it means your neck and jaw never relax completely. A continually tense jaw and neck can lead to severe headaches, tooth pain, and neck pain. Some patients may develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, during their sleep, and eventually, temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ).
Signs of Malocclusion
Some signs of malocclusion include:
- Uneven closing of the jaw on both sides
- Popping or clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Fractured teeth
Dr. Culp will perform a bite test to determine your malocclusion. He will then smooth the necessary areas by removing some of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference. This process will be performed in all areas until your teeth meet together in a properly aligned position.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Bite Adjustments in Rock Hill, SC
To experience our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your Culp Dental New Patient Assessment today by calling 803-887-2457 or by clicking here to use our convenient online request form. Your appointment will include the following:
- A discussion about your goals and concerns
- A thorough exam and oral cancer screening
- Digital X-rays
- The development of a custom treatment plan
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer your questions about our treatments, our dental office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us. We look forward to meeting you!
As one of the premier dental practices in Rock Hill, SC, our dentist and team at Culp Dental also provide 5-star dental care to patients from Fort Mill, York, Chester, Clover, Lake Wylie & Lancaster, SC & the surrounding areas.