How Your Teeth Touch Relates to Different Dental Problems
One of the most common dental disorders is also the most neglected. It is the uneven bite. The way the teeth fit together when the jaw closes and chews is very important to the long-term health of your teeth. If surfaces of the teeth interfere with how the jaw moves, the teeth can be worked loose, crack, or the enamel can be worn away. This is a condition known as malocclusion or uneven bite.
Other consequences can be movement of teeth, sore muscles, even tension headaches. The muscles that move the jaw are very powerful and can do major damage to the teeth when the biting surfaces do not fit together properly. This damage can be exaggerated by grinding and clenching. Some people can exert over 900 pounds of compressive force with their jaw muscles so you can imagine how much damage such force can do when you close into a single tooth and then work it from side to side. The effect is very much like working a fence post loose as the bone around the root breaks down.
Sometimes in unbalanced bites the muscle force that works the tooth sideways actually bends it in the socket and this creates a chipping close to the gum line to form a deep groove in the tooth. These grooves can lead to much sensitivity. Correction of the bite to remove excessive force on the teeth can help to eliminate the sensitivity or reduce it to a much more acceptable level.
We are very much aware of this relationship and can achieve excellent results in making both your teeth and your jaw muscles more comfortable by bringing your whole bite into harmony and avoiding many consequences of an uneven or unbalanced bite.