Correcting an improper bite (malocclusion) can be completed by a number of means depending on a patient’s situation. In every case, however, the goal is the elimination of disharmony of occlusal (biting) contacts. At times, occlusal correction may be as simple as minor adjustment of the the patient’s natural teeth. This may be accomplished by using selective equilibration or grinding of small areas of the enamel of the natural teeth to create an even and many times more aesthetic situation. The enamel is very thick on the biting surfaces, so no damage occurs during the procedure. The procedure is completed on models prior to completion in the patient’s mouth to assure a very predicable result.

In other instances, where the natural teeth have significant wear or defects from decay or old restorations, a complete oral rehabilitation using crowns may be necessary to correct the bite problem. It is critical that the dentist has extensive prosthodontic training in this area so that the final result will solve the patient’s biting problems.

Severe malocclusion, if untreated, may lead to the formation of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems and facial pain, which in itself can be a significant hindrance in a patient’s ability to function in everyday life. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, provides bite correction in Palm Desert, California to prevent these painful consequences and to enhance your smile.

Case #1 – Patient was unhappy with her bite and with teeth wearing off, and she wanted to improve her smile. Full mouth reconstruction was done.

Before Treatment
After Treatment
Bad bite and tooth wear before treatment
Bad bite and tooth wear corrected - after treatment
side view of bad bite and tooth wear before treatment
Side view of corrected bad bite and tooth wear - after treatment
Upper arch - Bad bite and tooth wear before treatment
Upper arch - bad bite and tooth wear corrected – after treatment
Lower arch - Bad bite and tooth wear before treatment
Lower arch - Bad bite and tooth wear corrected – after treatment

Case #2 – Full mouth reconstruction with crowns, veneers, and bridges for the lower jaw and an implant-supported overdenture that corrected the bite and improved aesthetics.

Before Treatment
After Treatment
Oral cavity showing bad bite and aesthetic issues - before treatment
A smile after full-mouth reconstruction with crowns, veneers, bridges and an implant-supported overdenture
Oral cavity showing bad bite and aesthetic issues – before treatment
Oral cavity after full-mouth reconstruction with crowns, veneers, bridges and an implant-supported overdenture
Side view of an oral cavity showing bad bite and aesthetic issues – before treatment
an implant-supported overdenture in the mouth
upper arch of crooked teeth with many crowns and a missing tooth,
upper arch with implants and a bar for an implant-supported overdenture

Case #3 – Full mouth reconstruction with crowns and veneers.

Before Treatment
After Treatment
Smile showing crooked, slightly yellow teeth
All teeth after full-mouth reconstruction with crowns and veneers
A view of all teeth showing crooked, slightly yellow teeth
All teeth after full-mouth reconstruction with crowns and veneers

Case #4 – Hybrid fixed overdenture supported by 7 mandibular (lower jaw) dental implants.

Before Treatment
After Treatment
Oral cavity missing all teeth. Dental implant posts on the bottom arch.
Oral cavity after hybrid fixed overdenture supported by lower jaw dental implants was placed

Case #5 – Full mouth reconstruction to correct the bite and improve the aesthetics with implant-supported bar overdentures.

Before Treatment
After Treatment
oral cavity with bad bite and shortened teeth
lower teeth after implant-supported denture was placed
Lower arch with teeth removed and dental implant posts placed
Lower arch after bar was placed on dental implant posts
Lower arch after bar was placed on dental implant posts
lower teeth after implant-supported denture was placed