My bite does not feel comfortable. It almost feels like I have two bites. What can happen if I leave this alone? How can I fix it?
When a bite does not feel right, it is important to find out what is causing it and treat the problem. Things that can cause a bite to change and feel uncomfortable can range from new dental work that is not adjusted properly to a jaw joint that is breaking down. Additional reasons it can feel off is orthodontics not refined when completed, tooth migration due to not wearing retainers and wanting to compensate for a restricted airway.
If this is left alone it can lead to TMJ pain, tooth fracture and loss, bone and gum loss, sensitivity to bite and headaches. It is important that a dentist with the right training in occlusal issues (the disruption of the way the teeth come together and function) evaluate your bite. She or he can do a thorough diagnostic work up of what the problem is and figure out what the least amount of dentistry you would need to fix it.
Treatment to balance the bite can range from a simple tooth reshaping to needing orthodontics and possibly crowns and veneers. The treatment should be for each individual and his or her situation. The sooner you seek treatment, the less costly and painful your condition can become.