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What Types of Issues Come from Poorly Aligned Bites?
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Poorly aligned bites are known to cause a number of issues, from speech impediments to migraines. It is in a patient's best interest to seek treatment for a poorly aligned bite in order to relieve symptoms. While symptoms can be mild, and only resulting in headaches, some misaligned bites can make daily tasks more difficult, including eating and talking, and impact an individual's self-esteem.
What Can a Poorly Aligned Bite Affect?
Poorly aligned bites can cause TMD (temporomandibular disorder). This is when the joints of the jaw are strained and become painful for the individual. This can consequentially lead to upper back pain, ear ringing and migraines. A poorly aligned bite is not the only cause of TMD but it is one of the major ones. A misaligned bite can also cause a lisp, as the upper and lower jaw fit together differently, causing changes to the gaps in the mouth. Having a misaligned bite fixed can relieve a speech impediment.
A poorly aligned bite can also cause sleep apnea. This is because the positioning of the jaw can affect how the tongue rests, which can cause it to move towards the throat when sleeping. This can be discomforting for an individual, as they can wake up from choking during the night. A misaligned bite can also create problems for eating as the upper and lower rows of teeth do not fit together properly. When chewing on food between the two rows, an individual can find it difficult to break down their food effectively. A misaligned bite can cause a number of issues, which is why it is best to have it resolved. While it may not be a serious issue for you now, it could have consequences down the line. To book an appointment with one of our oral professionals, contact our office now.