When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same sizes, it often results in bite problems.
Overbites and Underbites
When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.
Another related condition is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.
Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all kinds of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Jaw Alignment Problems
Jaw alignment abnormalities can cause a range of dilemmas for children. They can inhibit proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.
Gum disease and tooth decay are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling problems for children affected.
Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your youngster has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
Call Oceanside Dental Excellence at 760-439-3400. Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in children.
We also perform cosmetic dentistry and dental implants for our Oceanside area pediatric dental patients.
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