Bite Problems Due to Jaw Size Discrepancy

Everyone has a jaw that grows at a unique rate, but it doesn’t always reach its fullest potential. Many patients suffer from bite problems that are due to a jaw size discrepancy. There may be a small (or large) disconnect between the jaw and the size of the teeth. Alternatively, the jaws may have a major discrepancy in relation to one another. It’s imperative to understand what bite problems these issues can cause and how to go about repairing them.

If you think that you might suffer from jaw size discrepancy, take a look at some of these common symptoms and their solutions.

Too Small

Did you know that not everyone’s jaw is large enough to accommodate all of their adult teeth? This is a rather common issue that presents itself as the jaw is developing. You might see severe crowding of the adult teeth when this happens, changing the forces used in your bite. This can result in too much wear and tear on teeth, increased pain, or an issue with the joint in your jaw. The long-term effects of crowding and the bite problems they cause can be serious.

If you catch the problem early enough, you might be able to expand the size of the jaw to fit all of the future teeth. However, an adult jaw that is finished growing might need to have permanent teeth removed.

Too Big

On the other hand, there is another major issue that needs to be addressed when your jaw size is too large for the teeth you have. This often causes large spaces between the teeth, leading to an increased risk of periodontal disease. You could have more food that gets stuck in these large spaces and you will have a more difficult time chewing food. Unfortunately, there may not be a lot that orthodontic treatment can offer for a jaw that is too large compared to the teeth sizes. You could apply dental veneers to give the appearance of larger teeth with fewer spaces.  

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Different Size Jaws

Another common way that jaw size discrepancy can lead to a bad bite is when the two jaws grow at markedly different rates. This can affect the way that the teeth align and fit together, particularly when you bite down. Individually, each jaw might be perfectly fine with the teeth it has and their alignment. Fitting the two jaws together might be a different story if you had this major growth problem.

Some of the issues associated with this type of jaw discrepancy include excess wear on the incisors and biting the roof of the mouth. The best way to correct this issue is typically through oral surgery and a round of orthodontics.

Do you find yourself wondering whether your jaw size could be at the heart of your dental problem? You need the help and opinion of trustful dentists who have experience treating these types of issues. Contact Markham Dental Centre today for more information on how we can help you handle your jaw size discrepancy and bite problems!