Strictly speaking, “occlusion” is the manner which the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed, and a “malocclusion” occurs when there is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth come together when biting or chewing.
A malocclusion can cause more than an awkward bite; it can cause a range of dental and other medical problems.
If left untreated, malocclusion could lead to:
- Chronic headaches
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Jaw Pain
- Muscle pain
- Tooth movement
- Tooth loss
- Injuries to the teeth
- Tooth wear
- Tooth sensitivity
- Head and neck muscle pain
- Jaw joint pain
- Orthodontic braces to correct the position of the teeth
- Reshaping, bonding, or capping teeth
- Wires or plates to stabilise the jaw bone
When examining a patient with a malocclusion, we are specifically looking at how chewing forces could cause a breakdown of the teeth, gums, muscles and joints. The force that is exerted on your teeth when they come together during clenching or grinding is also examined.
For patients with malocclusions, especially if causing any of the above health problems, a range of treatments may be looked at, including:
In extreme cases, surgery may be recommended to reshape or change the size of the jaw; however it is best to visit a Sydney orthodontist as to determine the best course of action for you. Contact the team at Norwest Orthodontics for an appointment on 9672 6113.