At our family dental clinic in Cadott, we frequently treat patients who suffer from a condition known as an overbite. While this may sound rather drastic, the good news is that an overbite is something that is easily treated. At the same time, it is not something that you should neglect: left untreated, an overbite can lead to other issues in your mouth.
If you think you may have an overbite, please take a few moments to read this information. Once you’ve finished, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us. Remember, we have been practicing dentistry in Cadott for a long time, and chances are we have helped many people in the same exact situation as you.
What is an Overbite?
The technical term for an overbite is a “malocclusion”. An overbite is a condition where the top teeth in your mouth stick out further than they should. This condition can also be referred to as being “buck-toothed” by some.
Regardless of what term you use, an overbite is something that really should be corrected. For one thing, overbites are highly treatable. For another, ignoring it can eventually contribute to other issues. These other problems can include, but are certainly not limited, to:
- Difficulty chewing properly, which in turn could contribute to digestion problems.
- A heightened risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems stemming from the fact that crooked teeth are often much more difficult to clean properly.
- Increased jaw strain that can contribute to headaches and even the heightened likelihood of breaking or chipping a tooth.
- Heightened feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and social awkwardness.
What Can be Done for an Overbite?
Any dentist in Cadott will tell you that an overbite is highly treatable. We have helped many people with overbites, and we are proud of how pleased our patients are with the results.
When you come to see us, we will first take a few X-rays to help us see inside the gum tissue. We may be able to identify the cause of the overbite by examining how the teeth are socketed in the jawbone.
Following this, we may take an impression of your teeth and use it to craft a custom-built retainer. You may be able to correct your overbite simply by wearing a removable retainer for a period of time.
If your overbite is worse than what can be corrected with a simple retainer, we have many other options. We may suggest braces or some other orthodontic appliance. In some cases, if the overbite is caused because your mouth is too crowded, we may suggest removing a tooth to make more room.
Whatever the treatment regimen, you may rest assured that you are in good hands. We are proud of our reputation for quality dentistry in Cadott, and we want you to know that we will give you the same high quality service as we have provided for so many of our happy and satisfied patients.