Malocclusions (bite problems) include overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders restrict proper chewing, talking, and swallowing. They can also cause teeth to shift around in the mouth. Pearland dentistry patients with bite problems are at a greater risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease because bite misalignment often makes it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.
When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the situation is reversed, it is called an underbite. Crossbite occurs when the lower teeth and jaw are in the wrong position.
Bite problems can cause headaches and TMJ pain. Some Alvin dental patients with severe bite problems develop a distorted facial shape and damaged teeth.
If you suspect your toddler or older child has a bite problem, it is important to see your Houston dentist as soon as possible. Bite issues and their various related problems usually get worse over time.
At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we diagnose and treat bite problems, referring patients to a specialist if necessary. In addition, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. We can be reached at 832-895-5120. Our office is located at 2443 S Galveston Ave.