The manner in which the jaw closes and shuts plays an important role in overall dental health. The jawbone is connected to the mandible at two points called ball socket joints near the jaw under the ear. In normal bites, the jawbone aligns with the mandible and moves normally while opening and closing. In abnormal bites, some feature of the biting process has been disrupted.
A poor bite can cause a number of unpleasant and dangerous symptoms, including tooth pain, tooth loss, headaches, gum damage, and erosion of the joints in the jaw. Over long periods of time, if left untreated, a poor bite can cause significant harm to your dental health.
Poor bites are generally classified into two groups: underbite and overbite. An underbite is a case where the bottom teeth extend out further than the upper teeth. An overbite is the opposite.
If you believe you have a poor bite, contact Austin Preventative Dentistry and Austin Cosmetic Dentistry today. Using the latest diagnostic gear, our dentists will diagnose any issues you have while conducting a thorough dental exam in our friendly, high-tech office.
These are just a few ways that our expert dentists at Austin Preventative Dentistry and Austin Cosmetic Dentistry help our patients keep their bright smile. Proper jaw function is crucial for long-term dental health. If you have any questions about your bite or just want to get your six-month checkup, give our office a call today.
Our team is ready to book your appointment. The proper Dental Care can make the difference in years to come. We don't just improve the aesthetics of your smile, we make sure your dental health is set for the long run.