More than the shape and colour of your teeth, it’s the bite that makes a healthy and beautiful smile. Your bite refers to the alignment of your upper and lower teeth—if they fit perfectly and rest in gentle contact. A healthy bite means all or most of your teeth are intact, with the upper and lower arches fitting perfectly together.
But if your bite doesn’t close—such as your upper teeth sticking out past your lower teeth—it’s a telltale sign that you need bite therapy. The good thing is, bite adjustment can be performed without surgery. Out of all the periodontists in Mississauga, see how Periodontal Associates restores your healthy bite and treat the problems that come with an over- or under-bite.
What is bite adjustment?
Also known as occlusal bite adjustment, this treatment is designed to fix your bite: to treat over- and under-bite based on the alignment of the upper and lower teeth. Bite adjustment also treats uncomfortable symptoms of a misaligned bite, such as popping and clicking noises, uneven wear to the enamel of the teeth, and problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Through bite adjustment, your periodontist can restore a healthy, even bite. This alleviates irregular pressure in one or more areas of the mouth, so the upper and lower teeth rest comfortably on each other. In the process, occlusal bite adjustment can also correct tooth sensitivity.
Signs of Malocclusion and When You Need Bite Adjustment
Malocclusion or a misaligned bite can be caused by a few things. Most commonly, it’s due to the shape and position of the teeth, preventing the jaw from closing properly. In other cases, it may be caused by an injury and wear on the teeth. Finally, devices in the mouth, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges, as well as gaps left by tooth extractions can also interfere with the alignment of your bite.
Is your bite misaligned? Here are the common signs that you need bite adjustment to correct your bite and treat the effects of malocclusion:
- TMJ issues: Since a misaligned bite exerts pressure on the teeth and supporting structures like the jawbone, you may experience headaches, neck pains, and toothaches
- Bruxism: A misaligned bite may cause you to grind your teeth, known as bruxism, as the jaw is unable to fit into its natural position. Over time, bruxism can cause the loss of tooth structure and gum recession.
- Popping or clicking noises: Another sign of a misaligned bite is popping or clicking noises when the jaw opens and closes unevenly
- Wear: Malocclusion affects the strength and appearance of affected teeth, leading to wear in the enamel or fractures.
- Sensitivity: Due to pressure exerted by a misaligned bite, you may also experience pain when the upper and lower teeth come in contact, exposure to hot and cold temperatures, and irritation in the nerves of the teeth.
What is the bite adjustment process? The Periodontal Associates approach to occlusal bite adjustment
At Periodontal Associates, our team of periodontists is here to help you restore your healthy, properly aligned bite. Our approach to bite adjustment is nonsurgical, designed to correct the alignment of your bite in no time and preserve proper alignment for years.
Consultation and Bite Assessment
During your first visit to Periodontal Associates, our periodontists will assess your current bite and confirm malocclusion. We use a standard method involving articulating paper to identify areas where your bite is misaligned. Then, we’ll mark these areas for adjustment, providing a personalized approach to your case and bite problems.
Bite Adjustment Therapies
Based on the specific points of misalignment and the damage to your teeth, our periodontists will recommend the best approach to your bite adjustment. The most common bite therapies include:
- Shaping and smoothing: Your periodontist will smoothen the affected teeth surfaces and shape these to alleviate pressure from an uneven bite. As a result, the bite pressure will be evenly spread across all of your teeth, creating a uniform bite.
- Bite splint: You will wear a custom-fitted plastic bite guard to fix the spacing between teeth. Your periodontist may tell you to wear the bite guard during the day, at night, or throughout the day, depending on the severity of the misalignment.
- Braces: If your teeth are poorly aligned or have drifted, your periodontist will recommend braces to permanently correct their alignment.
- Tooth reconstruction: Since worn-out teeth can result in excessive pressure points, tooth reconstruction can help rebuild damaged teeth and restore a uniform bite.
- Filling replacement: Similar to tooth reconstruction, replacing old, damaged fillings can restore a uniform bite.
- Bite guard: After your bite adjustment is complete, your periodontist may recommend a bite guard for sleep for ongoing wear prevention.
Why do you need a periodontist to perform occlusal bite adjustment?
Malocclusion is no simple periodontal concern. It affects the teeth, the gums, and the jawbone, with effects on your oral health, dental function, and the appearance of your smile. Simply, a healthy bite is one of the most vital aspects of good oral health.
And to achieve it, you need the best person for the job in Mississauga. That’s why Periodontal Associates is here, with a team of highly skilled and experienced periodontists. Following dental school, they complete a three-year post-graduate specialization in periodontics where they learn all about malocclusion and the most effective bite adjustment therapies to treat it. With our certified periodontists, you can count on effective bite adjustment in the long-term.
How much does bite adjustment cost?
Bite adjustment is one of the most crucial treatments for keeping the teeth, gums, and jawbone healthy. It’s the solution to over-bite or under-bite, and all of the problems that come with it, from severe headaches to worn out, fractured teeth, and more. That’s why at Periodontal Associates, we strive to make bite adjustment affordable in Mississauga. See how, based on the extent of the malocclusion and your treatment needs:
- Extent of damage: When performing bite adjustment, your periodontist will determine the size of the treatment area, particularly the number of teeth affected. Based on this, your periodontist will provide an estimate for your specific needs.
- Insurance coverage: If you have dental insurance, now is a good time to use it. Find out if your dental insurance provider covers bite adjustments to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.
- Periodontist: The most vital person in your corner—the one who can get it done and restore a healthy, beautiful bite. To do this, your periodontist needs to be highly skilled and experienced, with a reputation for successful bite adjustments.
Talk to our periodontists in Mississauga to learn more about the exact cost of your bite adjustment treatment.
What to look for when choosing a periodontist for bite adjustment? The Periodontal Associates Difference
At Periodontal Associates, we’re proud to restore your healthy, even bite. We know how uncomfortable and unhealthy a misaligned bite is, and its devastating effects on your dental function, well-being, and self-esteem.
That’s why our team of certified periodontists are dedicated to providing you with leading bite adjust therapies. You can count on us to reshape your bite and provide both immediate and long-term bite adjustment solutions, so your new, healthy smile stays intact. We do this by combining our skills and years of experience with a commitment to putting your needs first. See how we provide bite adjustment to our patients in Mississauga:
- Bite adjustment expertise: Our periodontists are highly trained and experienced in bite adjustment therapies, dedicated to providing you with leading, effective treatment based on the severity of the malocclusion and side effects.
- Personalized treatment: We know that your smile, bite, and periodontal needs are unique—and we let these guide the process. We don’t just prescribe any bite adjustment therapy. Rather, we study your case in detail to ensure an effective treatment.
- Affordable and accessible: We believe that occlusal bite adjustment should be accessible to more people in Mississauga, because everyone needs a healthy, properly aligned bite. Ask us about accepted insurance plans and financing terms.
- Conveniently located, state-of-the-art clinic: Periodontal Associates is located close to Highway 403 in Mississauga, so our warm and comfortable clinic is accessible from anywhere in the GTA.
Do you have an over- or under-bite? Don’t suffer any longer from the effects of a misaligned bite. Explore your options for bite adjustment and treating TMJ issues, worn teeth, and other side effects only with Periodontal Associates in Mississauga.