Balance is a key component to full-mouth restorations. When completing a restoration, significant attention should be given to the way teeth fit together. An improper fit can cause pain and other health problems. Here to answer your questions about balance in full-mouth restorations is your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten.
What does “balance” in a full-mouth restoration mean?
Balance refers to the way that the new teeth fit together and fit into your mouth. If in balance, the bite comes together properly, and the jaw is properly aligned. If unbalanced, malocclusion, or “bad bite,” may be the result. The jaw may also be out of balance, resulting in discomfort and pain.
What kinds of problems can result from imbalance in a dental restoration?
If a dental restoration is not balanced, a TMJ disorder may develop. The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that operates the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorders have several causes, but usually involve significant stress on the TMJ. Clenching or grinding teeth puts strain on the TMJ, resulting in a disorder. Malocclusion can also cause a TMJ disorder. If a patient’s bite does not come together properly, the TMJ comes under strain. This can lead to migraines, insomnia, bruxism (teeth grinding), jaw clicking, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Thus, balance is a vital part of a full-mouth restoration.
Can previous dental work inhibit balance?
Previous dental work should be taken into account when completing other restorative dental work. If unaccounted for, balance may not be achieved. However, when completing restorations, your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Staten, considers the way teeth fit together to ensure that the TMJ will not come under strain.