Do you suffer from occlusal disease – or more easily put – a bad bite? First, you may be asking, but what is a “bad bite”? Well, we’re not talking about something you get from a pesky mosquito.
You have a “bad bite” if your teeth do not align properly when biting down. The human jaw can produce around 260lbs of pressure. If that force is not appropriately distributed it can lead to uneven wear, damage to dental work, cracked teeth, cracked fillings and throw off alignment of your jaw’s tendons, muscles, and nerves. When these delicate components are out of whack it can awaken chronic pain and other discomforts. And if left untreated you cannot only physically suffer discomfort and damage, but also put future dental treatment at risk of breaking and failure. Just like the tires on your car, if they are not properly aligned, you can develop excessive wear and breakage.
For the back teeth, this happens when the point (cusps) and valleys (fossae) of those teeth don’t line up or have too much contact. Normally, the points and valleys fit together like matching puzzle pieces, but when they don’t it causes a mouthful of trouble. The front teeth can also fit together poorly, resulting in chipping of front teeth, uneven wear of front teeth, tooth mobility, bone, loss, even gum recession.
Some occlusal disease may be attributed to sleep-related breathing issues. In an effort to help you breathe while you are sleeping, a person may posture their jaw forward in repeated motions. Repeating this movement night after night, year after year, can lead to the wear and shortening of your front teeth. The Drs. Santiago can evaluate whether your bite and teeth are deteriorating due to a potential airway/breathing issue or whether it’s a misalignment of the front and/or back teeth.
You may have a bad bite if you experience any of the following:
Cracked, broken or unevenly worn teeth
Loss of tooth matter at gum line
Jaw muscle pain
Headaches and facial pain
An unbalanced bite is considered a silent dental disease, often overlooked as aging or natural wear. But it’s important to diagnosis the condition to avoid more serious issues and expenses in the future. When a bad bite is corrected, not only will your teeth and jaw function properly, a balanced bite can help teeth and dental work last longer - and that will help you look younger by relaxing your face muscles. Yet, in order to do all this, the bite correction must be done with skill and precision – and that’s exactly what the Drs. Santiago will offer you.
A Treatment may be as easy as reshaping a few teeth or a bit more involved like orthodontics. To discover if you’re a candidate for bite therapy, we will perform some simple tests. If it’s found you’re in need of treatment, we will discuss the best options to bring balance back to you.
Santiago Dental Wellness would like to welcome you to join our Issaquah dental practice family. Our goal is simple-to provide you with an overwhelmingly positive experience while we deliver you exceptional detistry for your whole family. To ensure that you are receiving the latest in dental advancements, Drs. Kimberly and Jed Santiago have attended extensive continuing education courses.
Every visit with the team at Santiago Dental Wellness includes in-depth discussion about you, your concerns and your desires surrounding your dental care. This helps us ensure that you have an active hand in your healthcare. For pediatric pations (whom we love to introduce to dental treatments!), we always talk with parents or guardians before and after any treatments to maintain an open line of communication.
At Santiago Dental Wellness, we believe visit to a dental office should be an amazing, friendly experience. At Santiago Dental Wellness, we want you to feel like part of our team. From your first visit with Dr. Kimberly and Dr. Jed Santiago, you will be treated with care, respect and comfort. We offer a range of services from general to cosmetic dentistry. We strive to serve the majority of your dental related needs so you can maintain a healthy, happy smile.
Many people had the experience of visiting a dentist in Issaquah, WA who was more interested in completing procedures than in providing trustworthy, understanding-based care for patients. Our philosophy is to always listen to your needs in a supportive, non-judgemental manner. You can trust us to recommend treatments that we feel will be best for you based on your preferred lifestyle. That is our pledge, and it is what makes us unique among dentists in Issaquah, WA.