Correcting Bite-Related Issues Can Benefit Your Oral Health

Life with an improper bite can lead to more dental troubles than you would probably prefer to experience. With that said, you may be unsure of what makes someone’s bite function “improper,” and just as unsure of how the problem can be studied. Our Katy, TX dental practice uses Tekscan pressure mapping to observe when your teeth make contact, how evenly you apply pressure, and how evenly your teeth separate when you release your bite. The details of this study can help reveal a poor bite function, which can create problems that increase your risk for dental health issues. A bite evaluation can also help us determine if you might benefit from orthodontic work, or help with TMJ dysfunction.

How Can I Be Sure That I Have A Problem With My Bite?

Do you find biting and chewing to be painful at some points? How likely are you to feel discomfort when you move your jaw? These aches and pains can stem from improper function, which creates stress on your jaw joints and muscles. While you might suspect that something is wrong, a proper review of your bite equilibration can help your dentist determine what kind of correction is called for, and what other oral health services might benefit you.

Dealing With TMJ Dysfunction

A person who struggles with TMJ dysfunction may feel the effects because of an improper bite, because of a past injury that affected their jaw, or because of arthritis in these joints. One person’s cause can differ from another person’s, but what is important is recognizing the problem, and managing it. If your situation calls for it, your dentist can supply you with a custom appliance that will help you reduce pressure on your jaw, and start recovering from the effects of TMJ dysfunction.

Arranging Treatments To Fully Resolve Your Oral Health Issues

In some cases, DTR therapy can emphasize correcting the way you move your jaw when you bite and chew. As you grow accustomed to a better bite function, the stress on your jaw joints and muscles can be alleviated. With that said, some people need additional oral health work to enjoy a proper bite. After studying your bite function, your dentist can point out signs that suggest you would benefit from orthodontic work, or observe issues with vulnerable teeth that can require dental crowns.

Talk To Lathrop Dental Center About Correcting Your Bite!

At Lathrop Dental Center, our practice is ready to help you correct issues that affect your bite! In addition to having the technology needed to carefully study your dental function, we provide a range of services that can help you improve your bite, your oral health, and your quality of life. If you wish to schedule an appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.