A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth or their replacements are present and you can chew and speak without difficulty.
Unhealthy bites can result in tooth wear, looseness or TMJ (jaw joint) damage. Bite therapy can help restore your bite. Therapy may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
- Mouth guards are custom-fitted and adjusted plastic devices that protect the teeth.
- Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn-out, or damaged fillings.
- Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.
- Replacement of missing teeth with implants or bridges.