What Is A Crossbite?
A crossbite may also be referred to as a reverse bite or bad bite. It is a type of malocclusion that can affect a single tooth or multiple teeth. The most common type of crossbite involves upper teeth that are situated behind the lower teeth when the mouth is closed or when biting down. It may occur when the lower and upper jaws are not properly aligned. It may also be due to excessive crowding of the teeth, resulting in poor alignment.
Effects of A Crossbite
When a crossbite is present, it leads to premature wearing of the teeth involved. Front teeth can wear especially quickly if they are affected. Front teeth are also at a greater risk of injury if trauma occurs, due to their improper alignment. Having teeth in the back of mouth that are affected opens the door for potential jaw growth irregularities. Jaw growth irregularities can result in other issues such as jaw pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines. Left untreated, gum disease and bone loss may occur due to difficultly keeping affected area clean.
Treatment plans are dependent on each patient’s specific dental needs. A common treatment is the use of orthodontics, which includes the use of traditional metal braces or clear invisible aligner trays (Invisalign). When the crossbite is caused by crowding of teeth in the mouth, some teeth may need to be extracted to make create room in the mouth. Once this additional space has been created, the use of orthodontic treatment follows, in order to straighten the properly align the teeth. In severe cases, jaw surgery is needed to properly fix jaw bone irregularities.
If you experience the symptoms or effects of a crossbite, talk to your dentist or dental professional at your next visit. They can assess your oral condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. This will help to maintain your oral health and prevent potential issues later on in life.
About Dr. Joseph Salvaggio
|Located in Brampton, Ontario Dr. Joseph Salvaggio has been practicing general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry for over 20 years. He enjoys interacting with his patients and helping to restore their oral health for better overall health as well. Meeting new patients, interacting and educating them is one of Dr. Salvaggio’s biggest joys. We encourage you to read our reviews or call us with any dental questions you have. We look forward to speaking with you and meeting you soon.|