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How to Know if You Have Bite Problems

Bite problems happen when the way your teeth fit together causes discomfort or pain. However, some bite problems are a common cause of damage on your teeth without any obvious pain. A normal bite is when the teeth are in precise contact along the axis of the tooth. Here you can learn simple ways on how to detect if you have bite problems with the help of your Washington DC dentist.

1. Do the Clench Test
You have to do it with an empty mouth. Close your mouth and squeeze your teeth together as they come into contact. If the clenching causes any sign of pain or discomfort, then there may be a problem with your bite. If any tooth gets hurt by this empty mouth clenching, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Vajdi to help you with this problem. It might be that one of your teeth has a high crown or filling which causes the other tooth to be sore as they come in contact with each other.

2. Jaw Pain and Discomfort
If your bite causes you pain or any kind of discomfort in the jaw part (in front of your ear), there is a structural disorder called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). The pain comes from your muscles that help you move your jaw due to incorrect or disharmonized bite. While this is rare and hard to identify, it should still be addressed to a professional as soon as possible.

3. Severe Wearing of Teeth
You can even check your teeth for signs of severe wear and tear. The biting edges of your teeth are affected if you have incorrect bite or problems with your bite. The dentin of your teeth wears down faster than the normal rate if you have bite problems. This usually happens with your front teeth, both on the top and bottom. If you notice that this is happening, it's highly suggested to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vajdi and have your bite expertly corrected and restored.

4. Cosmetic and Aesthetic Problems
If your teeth disappear behind your lips, then you have an incorrect bite. It can also appear like your lower face collapses, or you might have a drooping smile. Teeth also act as lips support if you feel that your lips are not being supported well, making them look thin and lacking in fullness. If you notice any of these, it is important that you talk to Dr. Vajdi and see what we can do about it.

It is important that your bite gets corrected soon. Schedule a visit to your Washington DC dentist and talk about your bite issues. Correcting your bite can ensure you a more comfortable and functional bite, confidence, and prevention of further teeth problems in the future. Call Dr. Vajdi today at (202) 822-3787.