when you don’t have a balanced bite

when you don’t have a balanced bite, the negative ripple effects make their way down your entire body:

Your tongue is attached to your lower jaw and when your bite is un-aligned your tongue acts as a pillow. It cushions the jaw and helps it to relax. An imbalance in your bite affects the size of your mouth and the altered size of your mouth no longer accommodates your tongue. Your tongue can’t sit where it should. If your tongue rests too far back in your mouth, it will block the air getting to your lungs.

Bite / Teeth
An unaligned jaw joint will begin to show wear and tear on your teeth and your bite. By moving to where the jaw muscles are more balanced, your teeth are basically ‘in the way’. They then begin to grind down against one another and you end up with shortened teeth, gum recession and/or a collapsed lower third of your face.

An improper bite will lead to muscle imbalance. When your teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide enough muscle support in your face needed for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position which translates in discomfort throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders and back.
The over-worked muscles can result in muscles stiffness and soreness that will materialize in the form of migraines, headaches, earaches, muscles tenderness, facial discomfort, a sore jaw and a multitude of other symptoms.

The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are extremely complex and intricately connected. Therefore, when your bite is unaligned, the nerves and muscles are also affected. This misalignment can result in the muscles throughout your face, jaw, neck and shoulders going into spasms. The spasms then pinch the nerves that lead down your arms. The result of all of this? A feeling of numbness and tingling in your arms, fingers and hands.

There is a close relationship between your bite and the posture of your head and that of your entire body. If you have a bad bite or if you jaws don’t close properly (i.e. – your upper front teeth over-bite your lower bottom teeth), there is an immediate and direct affect on your head posture, causing neck strain and postural issues. If you are missing teeth, this postural strain becomes an even greater issue. Then, the muscles of your back and your neck – which in effect are your spine and its alignment – are impacted and greatly affected by an unbalanced jaw.


So, how did I get this ‘bad bite’?

Your unaligned jaw and poorly fitted teeth could be the result of one issue or a combination of possibly these factors:

  • Unbalanced dental treatment
  • Allergies as a child
  • Thumb sucking or other oral habits
  • Old dentistry that has broken down or worn out
  • The shifting of teeth after tooth loss
  • Some types of Orthodontic treatment

Your teeth could also be misaligned as a result of an accident or trauma issue. If you have experienced tooth loss, the shifting of your teeth can result in a bad bite which leads to TMJ. Traditional orthodontics used methods to simply straighten the teeth don’t necessarily take into consideration your overall jaw development.

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How a Smile Makeover can change your life?

Do you want to be more attractive and more successful in life? There is one simple solution. Smile! Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are wearing a smile. In addition, recent studies reveal that better looking smile can make you look more successful, more employable and more attractive. Continue reading How a Smile Makeover can change your life?


How long does it take to get your teeth back in place after an implant surgery?


Are you the patient who is scared of being without teeth after extracting teeth? You are not alone.  The good news is there a plethora of options available for you to choose from. The recent advancements in dentistry have taken implant dentistry to the next level, with implants being a very successful and preferable option for both the dentist and the patient alike for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants help in providing fixed solutions to missing teeth without compromising the tooth structure of the adjacent teeth. However, there was always a window period between the time of implant placement and replacement of the crown structure, which was necessary to allow for the integration of the implant with the bone. This window period used to make patients skeptical about the treatment, as they had to remain without teeth during that period. Nevertheless, implant dentistry has evolved to that extent, that this window period has been reduced or even completely removed by the advent of newer techniques. This evolution of implant dentistry has even further increased patient acceptance and clinical success rates. So how did this happen? What are the modalities that helped bring on this evolution? Let us see…

Immediate loading

Immediate implant placement with immediate loading gives you the room to fit the teeth within 48 hours. When there is an adequate bone of more than 10mm and when there is primary stability, immediate loading would be a great choice to get your teeth in place immediately. However, not all patients can be treated with immediate loading.  An important criterion would be the primary stability of the implant that was placed. After evaluating the same with periotest or resonance frequency analysis, your dentist will decide whether to immediately load or not. A screw-retained provisional restoration is more preferred for such cases when compared to cement retained prosthesis. If cemented, the dentist will have to remove the provisional restoration during the 4-6 month healing period. Cantilevers cannot be restored with a provisional restoration. A diagnostic wax-up will be used for template and provisional restoration fabrication. With the high success rates, immediate loading has become a very popular choice of treatment.

Tooth supported provisional prosthesis

Your dentist can use your teeth to support the interim prosthesis. This may include the use of an attached pontic with orthodontic brackets just adjacent to the implant site. Another viable option would be the use of resin-bonded provisional pontic. This involves acid etching the adjacent teeth and hence provides tooth supported prosthesis. Maryland Bridge is nothing but resin bonded, cast metal framework prosthesis. They have been used successfully for long term provisionals, especially in young patients. However,the prognosis of the outcome for long-term use of this type of restoration is unpredictable. Usually, the teeth with poor prognosis act as temporary abutments and are extracted after the implants osseointegrate. The teeth supported provisional restoration is then converted into an implant-supported provisional restoration. Hence, the option of the provisional tooth-supported prosthesis has also been very much popular among the patient population as it helps meet the aesthetic and functional demands.

Removable prosthesis

Removable partial acrylic dentures have commonly been used during post-extraction and post-implant therapy. They are very easy to construct, relatively inexpensive, and easy for your dentist to adjust and fit. However, they may reduce the effectiveness of any additional surgical bone and gingival augmentation procedure used to optimize the implant site. Soft tissue borne prosthesis used during healing may cause uncontrolled implant loading leading to implant exposure, marginal bone loss, and/or failed integration. Often your dentist will adjust the provisional dentures to minimize contact with the healing implants.

You also have alternatives to tissue borne provisional restorations. An Essix appliance is an appliance made with vaccuform material with teeth bonded in the missing area to replace the missing teeth. They act as a removable prosthesis are useful in cases of deep anterior overbite or limited interocclusal space. This prosthesis is made from an acrylic tooth bonded to a clear vacuform material on a cast of the diagnostic wax-up. The prosthesis provides protection to the underlying soft tissue and implant during the healing phase. However, care has to be taken to get accustomed to the appliance, as some new wearers might not find it very comfortable wearing them for the first few days. Nevertheless, it provides the necessary esthetic function for your missing teeth in the interim period.

‘Some pains are physical, and some pains are mental, but the one that’s both is dental.’- Ogden Nash. Dentists are the ones who help you overcome this phase. With effective implant therapy and prosthesis planning, the pains of missing your teeth and in turn losing your esthetics and confidence can be overcome. Choose wisely, live better!


De-Stress for Better Oral Health

A furrowed brow, a tense look, a fresh acne breakout — you can often tell on sight when someone’s under pressure. If you could look into a stressed-out person’s mouth, you might learn even more of their story.

Stress and Your Mouth: What’s the Connection?

More and more researchers have been studying the link between stress and gum disease. When you’re anxious or depressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol. This compound harms your teeth and gums, contributing to the risk for periodontal (gum) disease.

There’s also evidence that stress and depression impair your immune system,causing chronic infection throughout your body — including in your mouth — more likely. In addition, hard times lead to bad-for-your-teeth habits. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, and skipping your nightly brushing and flossing.

The following dental conditions also have been linked to stress, depression, or anxiety:

  • Burning mouth syndrome. This a painful condition that sufferers describe as a scalding feeling in the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth.
  • Canker sores. Small, painful ulcers develop inside the mouth. Doctors aren’t sure what causes canker sores, but they are thought to appear more often when the individual is stressed or very tired.
  • Cold sores. These fluid-filled blisters are caused by the herpes virus. If you’re infected, you’ll often experience an outbreak in response to being upset.
  • Bruxism. People who grind their teeth (a problem called bruxism) tend to do it more when under stress. Grinding can wear and chip teeth and put pressure on jaw muscles and joints.

Ways to Relieve the Pressure

Don’t let your mouth take the brunt of your stress. Try positive stress-reducing techniques instead. Here are some strategies:


  • Change your outlook. Some things, like the weather, are out of your hands and for that reason are not worth getting worked up about. Try to see other life events as positive challenges rather than threats.
  • Keep your body healthy. Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet and get enough sleep. And exercise on a regular basis. Not only will you get in shape and feel better overall, you’ll release anxiety and produce mood-boosting brain chemicals.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. These include meditation, stretching, and deep breathing and progressive relaxation of muscle groups.



Six Month Smiles: Short Term Orthodontics for a Beautiful Smile

Six Month Smiles is a type of bracket and wire orthodontic correction for straightening the front upper and lower teeth in approximately six months; although treatment times vary depending on individual misalignment problems.

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Give Your Child’s Smile a Bright Start . . . For an Even Brighter Future

Did you know that cavities are the most chronic childhood disease?

Cavities are five times more common than asthma. Children with pain from tooth decay typically miss more school and have lower grade point averages than their peers. But cavities are nearly 100% preventable, and it’s easy to protect your child’s oral health and ensure a bright future.

It’s never too early to start! Adopting healthy habits at any age can help prevent painful tooth decay and affect your child’s learning and future success.

Dental health is part of overall health, and healthy teeth—even baby teeth—are important for life-long health. Here are some guidelines you can follow at every stage that will help keep your child’s smile healthy.

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What to Do When Your Child’s Tooth Is Loose

Calling All Tooth Fairies:

Every child loves the tooth fairy. But as a parent, it can be tough to know the proper way to help your child when his or her primary tooth is ready to come out.

First, it helps to understand what’s happening in your child’s mouth. Children have 20 primary teeth, which are often referred to as “baby teeth.” At about age 6, permanent teeth begin to push through the gums, and primary teeth become loose and fall out. By about age 13, your child will have most of his or her permanent teeth.

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Preventing Gum Disease for Overall Health Worth Smiling About

If you’re not taking care of your oral health, you could be jeopardizing a lot more than your pearly whites. That’s because researchers have linked gum disease with a host of health problems throughout the body.

According to the National Institute of Dental Research, up to 80 percent of Indian adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. The disease is caused by the natural build up of bacteria, mucus, and other particles on the teeth as plaque. If plaque is not properly cleaned away, it can infect the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.

Gingivitis Can Lead to Health Problems

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Older Adults: Don’t neglect Dental Care

Older adults may have dental concerns that can’t be totally taken care of with just brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at their dentist’s office.

Your dentist may have talked with you about the dental health issues that arise later in life, such as dentures or dry mouth. You can keep your teeth and gums in fine shape by continuing good dental care, no matter what concerns you have.

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