A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present. When the upper teeth meet the lower teeth upon closing, no individual tooth should contact first. They should all come together at one time in harmony. If individual teeth contact each other first, these teeth will loosen due to the excessive forces exerted on them. That is an unhealthy bite (a malocclusion). Excessive forces on individual teeth will lead to break down of their support. This loss of support can result in tooth loss.
It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when TMJ (tempromandibular joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. The therapy may include:
- Lightly reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into early contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
- Bite splint therapy calls for the fabrication of a custom-fitted acrylic bite guard. These guards protect the teeth by relieving pressure points while redistributing the heavy chewing forces.
- Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings, crowns or bridges.
- Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.