When it comes to problems with the teeth, people have been trying to correct issues for thousands of years. Evidence has been found that shows how high ranking Egyptians used blocks of wood as teeth replacement options, signifying how important a smile has always been to cultures and people. Whether preserved mummies identify the advanced knowledge of dentistry or that a complete smile is desirable, your smile has a huge effect on your life. More than just your appearance, a healthy and aligned smile affects significant areas of your oral health.
Occlusion is the dental relationship between the teeth and the bite: how the upper and lower teeth fit together when the teeth are closed for chewing, smiling, and speaking. When the teeth do not all contact each other evenly at the same time when the mouth closes, they are considered to be misaligned, called “malocclusion.” This misalignment can lead to a number of different dental problems:
- Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
- Crowding or shifting of the teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Inability to properly clean the teeth
- Gum recession
- Bone loss surrounding the teeth
All of these issues are significant because of how they affect the health and stability of the teeth and oral health. For patients with significant bite discrepancies, it is important that malocclusion be corrected; otherwise, problems will only get worse.
Dental implants are a permanent solution used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth and may also be used to stabilize the teeth. Not only do dental implants offer a complete and attractive smile solution, but they function like natural, well-aligned teeth.
If your bite leaves you feeling self-conscious or negatively affects your bite, Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists can help restore the health and beauty of your smile. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.