What Is Dental Malocclusion?
When the upper and lower teeth are not in proper alignment, the result can be damaging to your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and oral function. A bite analysis is performed to determine if bite misalignment or any degree of dental malocclusion is present and to understand how this may be impacting your smile and oral health. To complete an occlusal evaluation, our orthodontic and pediatric specialists utilize state-of-the-art technology to evaluate the strength of your or your child's bite to determine how much force is exerted by each tooth. A dental malocclusion assessment can identify whether you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, or other orthodontic concerns and how these conditions may be impacting your overall health and function. To learn more about bite analysis and dental malocclusion, contact Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing and Reading, PA to schedule a consultation.
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Candidates for a Bite Analysis
There are a number of symptoms that may indicate the presence of dental malocclusion and the need for a bite analysis. Some of the most typical symptoms and indications include chipped, cracked, crooked, or broken teeth, discomfort when you chew, persistent jaw aches or headaches, an inflamed or stiff jaw, and receding gums. In certain cases, a misaligned bite may result in teeth grinding, also called bruxism, which can cause further discomfort and damage to the oral environment of your or your child's mouth. If not treated properly, a misaligned bite may cause future dental issues that can impair function or cause debilitating symptoms. Our caring team of general and pediatric orthodontists works with each patient to identify any dental occlusion concerns and recommend the treatment options best suited for individual needs.
The Diagnostic and Treatment Process
A bite analysis is commonly composed of digital x-rays, a 3D oral scan, a bite study, and a physical exam from our orthodontists. Your teeth, muscles, and jaw will also be evaluated to identify any underlying conditions that may be contributing to dental malocclusion. Once the concerns with your bite are identified, we can then curate the ideal approach for creating proper bite alignment and bringing harmony to your oral function and smile. An orthodontic treatment plan may also be combined with other types of therapy, such as night guards for bruxism or occlusal adjustments, if necessary.
Maintaining Your Results
Throughout the course of your care, it is important to keep up with good oral hygiene at home and attend routine dental cleanings and exams with our team at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics. After your treatment is complete, please let our team know if your bite feels uneven or you have pain or discomfort in the jaw. Our orthodontists will monitor your results and those of your children and may perform follow-up bite analysis services as needed. We strive for excellence and seek to deliver the best possible treatment results for our patients and their families. If it is recommended that you wear a retainer, we encourage you to adhere to any recommendations provided by our team to help maintain your oral health outcomes.
Insurance Coverage for Diagnostic Services
Insurance coverage for the diagnostic services used to evaluate dental malocclusion may vary by plan. Before beginning your bite analysis, our financial team will get in touch with your insurance provider to determine what may be insured and if there will be any out-of-pocket expenses. Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics works with a number of insurance plans and accepts a variety of payment options. To help make your treatment as affordable as possible, we can also help you apply for special interest-free financing.
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Bring Harmony to Your Oral Health
Bite misalignment can affect the oral health and function for you or your children in a variety of ways. Our orthodontists use the latest in state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate and diagnose dental malocclusion and provide a viable solution for care. To improve your bite, dental health, and bring harmony to your smile, contact Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics and schedule your visit at our Wyomissing or Reading, PA location.