Occlusion is the way our upper and lower jaw come or fit together. The occlusion is considered normal when the upper and lower teeth are correctly aligned and come together in a stabilized position. However, sometimes, unaligned teeth and disturbing jaw relation can cause the occlusion to be abnormal. This abnormal fit of the upper and lower jaw is commonly known as a bad bite. The injury to the gums and teeth due to a bad bite is known as trauma from occlusion.
Symptoms of trauma from occlusion
- Tooth mobility
- Pain and tenderness of the gums
- Teeth migration
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Facets on the biting surfaces of the teeth
- Pain on chewing
Untreated trauma from occlusion can cause gums and oral soft tissues injuries, leading to jaw-joint disorders and eventual tooth loss. Therefore, it is imperative that traumatic occlusion is diagnosed and treated at the earliest by Dr. Sanz at Wilmington Orthodontics and Implants.
Treatment for trauma from occlusion
Dr. Sanz will carefully evaluate your bite to figure out the cause of trauma from occlusion. The treatment for traumatic occlusion generally resides in the correction of a bad bite. The offending tooth surfaces are marked, which are then ground or rebuilt to ensure the bite is proper. Apart from this, you may also be recommended to go for teeth straightening, and certain restorative procedures may be carried out to ensure the jaw is correctly placed. In some cases, jaw repositioners will be prescribed. Once a proper bite is achieved, the symptoms of trauma from occlusion go away. However, any damage already done will have to be treated separately.
If you think you may be suffering from a traumatic occlusion, get it checked at the earliest by our periodontist at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants. If you have any more questions, please reach out to us, and our team will be there to assist you.