The relationship between the dental occlusion (bite) and the function of the masticatory system (The organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication (eating), including jaws and jaw muscles, teeth, temporomandibular joints, tongue, lips, cheeks, and mucous membranes.) has been of great interest for at least the past 50 years among dentists.
An understanding of the occlusal requirements for restoring dentitions still constitutes core knowledge the dental curriculum , and the skills necessary to manage the dental occlusion are essential to any kind of dental
What can change your bite?
There is a significant relationship between diseases of the masticatory system and the dental occlusion . For example, inflammatory periapical processes (tooth
abscess) can cause hypereruption of affected teeth that, in turn, influence the patient’s occlusal comfort and can disrupt the interplay between the maxillary and mandibular dentitions. Similar phenomena can occur in states of periodontal (gum) disease. Alternatively, changes in the termpormandibular joint (TMJ) , such
as loss of disc tissues or swelling (edema), can also affect the relationship and dynamic interplay between the opposing arches. Often seen clinically are open
anterior or lateral bites. Patients realize their bite does not feel the same. There always is an underlying reason or pathology that is causing this.
I believe the key to avoiding Temporomandibular Joint disease is through early detection of an irregular, unbalanced bite. This can only be found by the restorative dentist who takes careful comprehensive records of the patient to evaluate the bite. There are no shortcuts to this process.
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