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.
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.
Case #3 – Full mouth reconstruction with crowns and veneers.
Case #4 – Hybrid fixed overdenture supported by 7 mandibular (lower jaw) dental implants.
Case #5 – Full mouth reconstruction to correct the bite and improve the aesthetics with implant-supported bar overdentures.