Are you having trouble eating your food or even chewing gum correctly? If so, you may have a misaligned jaw bite. This can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and even painful to live with. But how do bad bites occur, and how can they get better?

Defining a Bad Bite

In dentistry, we use the term occlusion to describe how your upper and lower teeth fit together. If there are any issues with your teeth connecting, you may have something called malocclusion or occlusal disease–otherwise known as a bad bite.

Causes and Symptoms of Malocclusion

Bad bites develop for a variety of reasons, including missing teeth, crowded teeth, abnormally shaped teeth, a chipped tooth, or grinding your teeth while sleeping. Sometimes bad bites simply occur over the years due to pressure from regular chewing. Some signs you are dealing with this issue include:

  • Improper teeth alignment
  • Frequently biting your tongue or inner cheek
  • Developing a lisp or other speech problems
  • Discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Breathing through your mouth instead of your nose

These symptoms may range from subtle to severe depending on the type of malocclusion you have. Our dentist in Rochester Hills, MI, Dr. Wolfe, can classify your specific type of bad bite and fix it.

Treatment for a Bad Bite

If your occlusion is not right, do not worry! A bad bite is treatable. The treatment for this condition is usually fairly simple. All Dr. Wolfe may need to do is make small changes to your fillings or polish the enamel surfaces of the problematic tooth. This type of treatment is called occlusal adjustment. Seeing a dentist is the best way to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of your bad bite.