If your teeth are misaligned, it may be damaging to your gums and teeth, and can also cause discomfort in your jaw joints. An analysis of your bite is done to help determine if you have a poor bite or a dental malocclusion. To complete a bite evaluation, dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard uses innovative technologies to check the potency of your teeth and also ascertain how much pressure is exerted by every tooth. A bite analysis could identify if you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite. We also assess your teeth, jaw, and muscles as a whole to try to find any underlying issues, which may be brought on by a poor bite. If not handled correctly, a poor bite may lead to future issues, which can be debilitating or painful so it's important to get a diagnosis when you observe a painful or uncomfortable bite. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Contemporary Dental Arts in Williston, VT.
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You may have several reasons to seek a bite diagnosis and decide whether a disorder is present. Several of the most common symptoms include cracked, crooked, chipped, or broken teeth, painful chewing, chronic jaw aches or headaches, inflamed or rigid jaw muscles, along with receding gums. Sometimes, a misaligned bite may result in teeth grinding, also called bruxism, which may cause additional pain along with a reduction of dental enamel.
What to Expect
A bite analysis typically consists of electronic imaging, a 3D oral scan, a bite study, along with a physical examination from Dr. Shanard. Once the problems with your bite are recognized, there are a couple of treatment methods based on the severity of your case. In more moderate instances, a nighttime dental guard is generally advocated, while some serious problems may need operative therapy.
It's essential that if you experience a second illness or problems with your alignment, you should continue to attend regular dental exams to ensure Dr. Shanard may evaluate any modifications, even after therapy. You should also continue to keep a proper home dental hygiene regimen, including regular flossing, brushing, and mouthwash.
The cost of a bite evaluation depends upon the type of imaging that's used. Before your bite analysis, our financial staff will get in touch with your insurance provider to ascertain what could be insured and if there will be any extra expenses. Contemporary Dental Arts takes many payment options and we will be able to help you to find low-interest medical financing so that your analysis and treatment is more affordable.
When you're having any abnormalities with your bite or feel pain when you eat or speak, you might want to be given a bite evaluation. Dr. Shanard can diagnose what may be causing the issue and take care of it before additional issues occur. Using state-of-the-art technologies, Contemporary Dental Arts will collect all of the information required to provide you an analysis and customized treatment plan to renew your bite and dental wellness.