One of the most important components of a healthy mouth is proper occlusion. Occlusion is the way our teeth come together as we bite, and the relationship of the opposing dentition as we close. In a situation when a person’s bite is not proper, a person can develop:
- Periodontal Problems
- Broken or Chipped Teeth
- TMJ Problems
- Chewing Difficulties
An occlusal analysis gives us many clues to dental problems that the patient may not even be aware of. It is very important to isolate the source of the problem. By only addressing the problem itself, and not the source, a recurrence of the problem is likely to occur. Improper occlusions, or bad bites, often result from:
- An orthodontic situation where teeth are not aligned properly
- Bruxism, clenching, or occlusal trauma
- Unrestored missing teeth
- Uneven skeletal jaw growth
- Crowding of the teeth
Sometimes, a person grinds or clenches their teeth together, called bruxing. When a person grinds their teeth, he/she starts to abrade their teeth away and sharp tips are ground down or chipped off.
The sharpness of teeth is very critical to the grinding of food. As the sharp cusps are abraded away and become blunt, we can no longer chew effectively; rather, one starts to pound the food. The digestive process starts with the efficient chewing of food. If the food is not chewed well before swallowing, greater burden is placed on the digestive system and the food is not digested properly.
Occlusal analysis plays a fundamental role in proper treatment. Many cosmetic dentists are merely concerned with fulfilling the esthetic desires of their patients. Dr. Dayan understands the incredible importance of factors like occlusion. At Dental Arts of Beverly Hills, we are committed to long-term dental health. Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Dayan.