The term Malocclusion literally translates to “Poor Bite” that is caused due to misaligned teeth. The upper teeth prevent the biting of cheeks and lips while the lower teeth protect the tongue. In people with malocclusion, there is a disturbance in this alignment. This common dental problem, also called malocclusion, can be fixed with orthodontic treatment or braces. The teeth are not able to perform vital functions if they’re misaligned. Learn more about this issue and how it may be treated.
Malocclusion is in most cases, an inherited condition. This means it can be passed down from one generation to the next. The other causes of malocclusion are:
- Abnormally shaped or impacted teeth
- Tongue thrusting or thumb sucking habits in children
- Prolonged use of a pacifier or feeding bottle in childhood
- Tumors in the mouth or jaw
- Improper dental restorative procedures in childhood
- Premature or congenital loss of teeth or missing teeth
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids that lead to mouth breathing.
- Cleft lip and palate
The symptoms that present themselves when a person is suffering from malocclusion are as follows:
- Difficulty to bite or chew the food
- improper alignment of the teeth
- alteration in the appearance of the face
- frequent biting of inner cheeks or tongue
- speech problems, including the development of a lisp
- breathing through the mouth rather than the nose
Malocclusion of teeth is typically diagnosed through routine dental exams. Physical examination may include examining the teeth, pulling the cheeks outwards and checking for certain defects during biting. Sometimes the dentist may order for dental, facial, head or skull x-ray to determine the type and severity of malocclusion.
Malocclusion may be remedied by orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that manages the growth and correction of dental and facial structures. Braces are the most commonly used orthodontic appliances in the treatment of malocclusion.People with mild malocclusion may never need any procedure to get it fixed. However, in many cases treatment is required to fix malocclusion. The various treatment options are:
- Braces to correct the position of the teeth
- Removal of teeth to correct overcrowding
- Reshaping, bonding, or capping of teeth
- Surgery to reshape or shorten the jaw
- Wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone
Like any treatment procedure, getting the treatment may involve these complications:
- Tooth decay
- Pain or discomfort
- Irritation of the mouth from the use of appliances, such as braces
- Difficulty chewing or speaking during treatment
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