Bite-Related Dentistry

A Healthy Bite

A Well-Engineered Bite Can Last a Lifetime

One of the most important factors that effects how long your smile will last is your bite — how your teeth fit together.

Most People Have Two Bites

Your first bite is when your teeth first come together. Your second bite is when all of your teeth come together AND the jaw joints are fully seated into their sockets. Most people can benefit from having only one bite.

Unhealthy Bite

The reason that most people have two bites is because interferences (bad spots) on your teeth stop them from coming together at the same time when your jaw joints are fully seated. These interferences (bad spots) can be caused by risk factors such as: your teeth being out of position, past dental work that is either worn down or does not right right, teeth that are missing or have shifted, gum or bone disease, and broken teeth. Symptoms such as tension headaches, pain in the jaw joints, loose or sensitive teeth, crooked teeth, and even broken teeth are all indications that you may have two bites. The onset of symptoms of Bite Disease are often painless and can occur over a period of many months or even years because our bodies can be very adaptive to these painless but adverse changes to our bite.

Advanced Symptoms

As your bite deteriorates over time and goes untreated, a more severe form of an unhealthy bite presents itself. Patients often times present complaints with symptoms such as:

“The muscles in my face look stressed.”

“People can’t see my teeth when I smile anymore.”

“My lips look thinner.”

“I look like I am frowning all the time.”

“My face looks caved in.”

“My teeth look shorter.”

“My teeth are worn, have cracks in them, or are broken.”

Patients with these types of complaints have suffered damage to their teeth to the extent that the teeth are significantly

Comprehensive Bite Analysis
These are a series of tests that are taken in one appointment to study the overall condition of your mouth and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you to either maintain or restore your teeth back to optimum health and appearance. The tests performed are selected based on your own specific case, thus the fee for the tests performed at the time of your appointment can vary. Following is a list of possible tests:

Tests Performed During Your Appointment

  • A complete Medical and Dental History
  • X-rays of your teeth, supporting bones, and jaw joint
  • A specialized set of digital photos of your face, teeth, and gums
  • Precision molds of your teeth for evaluation and study
  • A record of how your teeth fit together and how they should
  • Facial measurements to help determine appropriate treatment outcomes
  • Measurements of the gums and bone around your teeth
  • A comprehensive interview with you in order to ascertain your treatment goals and expectations

Tests and Follow-up Work Performed By Dr. Benson After Your Appointment

  • Study of your precision molds on a specialized bite machine to analyze your bite
  • Analysis of how each tooth is touching in every aspect
  • Analysis of your case specific photos
  • Analysis of all other tests

Once the tests are completed and analyzed, you then return to see Dr. Benson to discuss his Report of Findings.  You can then decide on the course of treatment that best serves your treatment goals.  

 

High Performance Nightguards
If you have a history of clenching or teeth grinding (Bruxism), or you have evidence of a stressful bite such as short teeth, uneven edges of your teeth, gum recession, or chipped/broken teeth, then it is important to protect your teeth from further damage. High Performance Nightguards are long term removable appliances that are custom made with clear hard acrylic and serve to relax the muscles of your jaw and face, stop your teeth from shifting, and to protect your teeth from further damaging themselves. There are over twenty different kinds of Nightguards and it is important that you wear the Nightguard that is the right fit for you.