All the teeth should touch at the same time. If one tooth touches before the others, it is uncomfortable and unhealthy for the tooth that hits first. It can also cause a shifting of the jaw that is painful and harmful to the TMJ (jaw joint).
There are many reasons for a bad bite. Losing baby teeth early (due to cavities) can cause crowding and an uneven bite.
Not replacing lost adult teeth can result in uncomfortable movement of the remaining teeth.
Multiple fillings or crowns that are uneven can lead to a very uncomfortable and harmful bite.
Improperly finished orthodontic cases can result in an uneven and uncomfortable bite.
Dental restorations should feel natural. When they don’t, it can lead to loose teeth, painful teeth, and/or shifting of the bite, which can lead to TMJ problems. Painful teeth can split and be lost or result in
the need to do a root canal treatment. All of this can be avoided if a
restoration is done correctly in the first place. A very common omission is checking the bite when the jaw moves left or right. This is just as
important as having the teeth come together at once.
It is best to make the restorations with a comfortable bite at the start.
Correcting an uncomfortable bite can be very complicated. It requires knowledge, experience, and skill.
If you believe yourself to be experiencing Uneven Bite symptoms or if you have any questions regarding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder please call Dr. Mark Yamamto, your TMJ Dentist in Huntington Beach at 714-847-9900 today or use our quick contact form at right to connect.