Complications of Severe Bite Problems

The human jaw is an incredibly powerful joint capable of exerting an average of 171 pounds of pressure when the molars meet. If your bite’s not quite right, that pressure can do a lot of damage. 

At Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands, we see the consequences of malocclusions (misaligned bites) everyday. Led by Dr. Oscar Muñiz, our team helps patients of all ages understand the potential problems a misalignment can cause, and we offer state-of-the-art treatments to correct them. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding your bite

Ideally, your upper teeth fit slightly over your lower teeth. Each of your molars has points that should nestle into the grooves of its counterpart above or below. 

In addition to helping you chew your food, your teeth protect your cheeks and tongue from getting in the way and becoming part of the grind.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds of Americans suffer from malocclusion for various reasons, including:

Some people are simply born with mismatched jaws. 

All malocclusions are unique, but they tend to follow a few patterns that help us classify them for clinical purposes: 

Regardless of which type of malocclusion you have or why you have it, you should seek professional treatment to avoid serious complications. 

Why severe bite problems need treatment

If you have a severe misalignment in your bite, you may feel self-conscious about the way your jaw looks or the way you smile. Many people seek malocclusion correction for purely cosmetic reasons. 

But bad bites are more than just an issue of aesthetics, they can cause significant complications, including:

Depending on the class of your malocclusion, you may experience one or several of these symptoms. Fortunately, we offer treatments for every class and stage of these conditions.

Treating severe bite problems

Whether you need a tooth extraction, dental implants, or full-mouth rehabilitation, you need experienced specialists you can trust to accurately diagnose your condition and treat it skillfully and safely. And that’s exactly what you get at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at the Woodlands. 

If your jaw is too small to accommodate your teeth, and the overcrowding has skewed your bite, we may perform a simple extraction to make more room. 

On the other hand, if you’ve lost one or more teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants may be the solution. They’re the closest thing to a natural tooth, and they apply direct pressure to your jawbone, which stimulates cell renewal. 

If you have multiple coinciding dental issues, you may be a good candidate for full-arch dental rehabilitation. We address not only missing teeth, but bite issues, alignment problems, and other oral health concerns.

Finally, if the foundational structure of your jaw is the problem, you might need orthognathic surgery, which allows us to reposition your jaw and even change its architecture. Not only will this significantly improve your oral function, it may also dramatically change your looks. 

We use advanced technology, including 3D models and computer video imaging, to give you a preview of what you’ll look like after your orthognathic procedure.

If your bite is off, or you think it might be, don’t wait for the complications that will make things worse. Contact us at our office in The Woodlands, Texas, to schedule an appointment.

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