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Occlusion is the word that refers to the way your teeth align. Normally, they should be straight, with the upper jaw just slightly overlapping the lower jaw. On the other hand, malocclusion 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 Corkern Family Dental, our specialist has the expertise to perform bite adjustment treatment in Prairieville, LA so your teeth align properly.
Causes of 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 jaws aren’t aligned correctly, it means your neck and jaw never relax completely. This can lead to severe headaches, tooth pain, and neck pains. Some patients may develop bruxism, or teeth grinding during their sleep, and eventually, temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ).
Categories of Malocclusion
Overbite – The upper jaw significantly overlaps the lower jaw, leaving a large gap in 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.
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