An uncomfortable bite, or uneven bite, can often make daily life less enjoyable- it can be difficult to chew properly and even speech can be affected. How do you know if your bite is misaligned? In most cases, this discomfort is a sign of an underlying imbalance in your bite. Your uneven bite pattern can be a result of misaligned teeth, TMJ dysfunction, missing teeth, or a combination of factors.
Dr. Petkevis has many hours of advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and complex bite problems. He uses advanced dental technology, such as 3D scanning, Digital Photography, jaw simulators, and the latest analytical software to identify the root cause of your uncomfortable bite. We offer effective treatments to correct an uneven bite, as well as to fix the dental issues it has caused.
Treatment For An Uncomfortable Bite
Dr. Petkevis can fix your uneven bite with a variety of dental treatments. Our goal is to restore bite function, comfort, address any TMJ dysfunctions, fix tooth alignment issues, and improve your overall dental health. A healthy bite is one that not only feels good and enables the normal daily function but is also able to remain stable and in a natural position. This means that your teeth are making proper contact when biting and there is no tension in your jaw joint.
The first step is to visit our dentist in Chester Springs, PA so we can conduct a thorough oral health exam. We will be better able to offer the most accurate diagnosis and relevant treatment after we get to know your unique issue. After we have examined your issue, Dr. Petkevis will evaluate your bite using T-Scan digital bite analysis and a handheld Doppler device. He will recommend appropriate treatment to repair any tooth damage and restore balance to your bite. Treatment options may include:
- A mouthguard or dental splint: A custom dental appliance designed to reposition your jaw may be recommended. This is dependent on how severe your bite issues are. We can stop teeth grinding and allow the bite to relax into a natural position using custom mouthguards.
- Restorative dentistry: Dental bonding, dental crowns, and other options may be needed to repair damaged teeth due to an unbalanced bite. We can adjust uneven biting surfaces and restore balance with restorative dental treatments. To find out which ones will work the best for you, schedule a worry-free dental exam.
- Orthodontics: If misaligned and crooked teeth are causing a bite problem, Dr. Petkevis may recommend orthodontic treatment. As a Philadelphia ClearCorrect provider, Dr. Petkevis offers discreet and comfortable treatment with invisible braces for those with mild to moderately crooked teeth. ClearCorrect can have your bite back to full function in as little as 11 months.
Uncomfortable Bite FAQs
Why has my bite suddenly changed?
As we age, it is natural for the hinges in our jaw to slowly wear down. If you grind your teeth or suffer from arthritis, it will speed up that process. If you are younger, your wisdom teeth may be responsible for affecting your bite. As those teeth break through in the back of your mouth, they may put pressure on your other teeth resulting in a misaligned bite. Periondontal disease is also a known cause for an uncomfortable bite. It affects the underlying bone, the gums and ultimately the position of your teeth.
How do I know if my bite is not aligned?
If you suffer from a misaligned bite, you may have difficulty eating, problems speaking naturally, pain in your jaw, teeth that do not fit together correctly, or worn down teeth from grinding. If you suspect this is the cause of your problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Petkevis. He is highly educated in diagnosing and treating TMJ problems. Dr. Petkevis can do a T-Scan digital bite analysis to determine if you suffer from an uneven bite and will offer the appropriate treatment.
What should I do if I have an uneven bite after a filling?
If you recently had a filling completed and your bite feels off, give us a call and schedule an appointment. You most likely have a high filling and that can be easily fixed. Sometimes it is hard to tell if your bite feels right immediately after you have had a filling done since your mouth is still numb. Correcting this should only take a few minutes and you will leave with a bite that feels natural again.
Schedule A Worry-free Bite Evaluation
For a bite evaluation and corrective treatment, contact us at (610) 400-1459, or request an appointment online today. Dental Distinction is an experienced dental team in Chester Springs, PA dedicated to correcting all of your dental issues, no matter how small.