The Right Bite for a Great Smile

dental occlusionWhen a dentist talks about your “bite,” he’s referring to your occlusion – how your top and bottom teeth fit together. Optimal occlusion occurs when opposing teeth come together in their ideal arrangement. When tooth positioning is thrown off by a misaligned bite, called malocclusion, a whole host of issues can result, including jaw pain, headaches, erosion of tooth enamel, and even cracked or loose teeth.

I’m Dr. Lee Fitzgerald. At my Plano practice, I help people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Optimal bite alignment is a crucial component of the equation. A great smile is one where each element – teeth, gums, joints, and muscles – functions harmoniously with the others. In the 25 years since I opened Fitzgerald Dental Center, I’ve never wavered in my dedication to give patients smiles that look great and feel great.

Diagnosing a Misaligned Bite
During your exam, I’ll look at how your top and bottom teeth come together when you bite down. I’ll also assess the wear patterns on your teeth. Many patients with an uneven bite complain of headaches, jaw joint pain, and/or sore jaw muscles. They may also have cracked or worn teeth as a result of the erosive forces that occur when teeth don’t fit together properly.

Restoring Harmony with Equilibration
Equilibration means adjusting the teeth to create a comfortable bite. Restoring optimal contact between upper and lower tooth surfaces stops the wear and tear on teeth, joints, and muscles. To balance your bite, I may recommend building up the surface of back teeth with composite resin, or restoring cracked or severely worn teeth with dental crowns. Oftentimes, a slight change made to the surface of a tooth makes a huge impact on occlusion.

You want a smile that feels as good as it looks. That’s just what you’ll get as a patient at Fitzgerald Dental Center. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.