Teeth grinding and acidic erosion can do more than just damage your teeth; they can entirely collapse your bite. But what does a collapsed bite really mean? It means your ability to chew effectively, speak clearly, and even smile confidently can be compromised. However, all is not lost. Full Mouth Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive solution to this multifaceted problem.
The Downward Spiral: Collapsed Bites from Grinding and Acidic Erosion
A “collapsed bite” can sound dramatic, but the term aptly describes a condition where the vertical space between the upper and lower jaw diminishes due to the loss of tooth structure. This can occur due to chronic teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) or acidic erosion from dietary habits or medical conditions. Over time, the bite collapses, affecting not only the occlusion (how the teeth come together) but also the position of the jaw, causing a range of functional and aesthetic issues.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation: A Multidimensional Approach
A Full Mouth Rehabilitation goes beyond mere cosmetic solutions to address the root issues of a collapsed bite. Here’s how:
Restoring Occlusal Vertical Dimension (OVD)
OVD, or the space between your upper and lower jaw when your teeth are in contact, is crucial for the function of your mouth. A Full Mouth Rehabilitation often involves building up the teeth to restore this vertical dimension, which in turn impacts the overall position and function of the jaw.
Repositioning the Jaw
Once the OVD is corrected, the jaw naturally repositions itself into a more comfortable and functional alignment. This can alleviate issues like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and even improve your facial profile.
Recreating a Healthy Functional Relationship
By restoring the natural form and function of your teeth, Full Mouth Rehabilitation also improves how your upper and lower teeth meet (occlusion), enhancing your ability to chew and speak.
Improving Chewing Ability
Restoring your bite means restoring your ability to chew food properly. This isn’t just about comfort; it can also have nutritional benefits, as well-digested food is easier for your body to absorb.
Aesthetic and Confidence Boost
It’s not just about function; it’s also about how you feel. A balanced bite often leads to a more aesthetically pleasing smile, which can do wonders for your confidence and quality of life.
Bringing It All Together
At Transcend Specialized Dentistry, we view Full Mouth Rehabilitation as more than just a series of procedures. It’s a comprehensive approach that incorporates the latest in dental technology, materials, and techniques, tailored to each individual’s needs. Through this process, we don’t just rebuild smiles; we restore quality of life, one patient at a time.
Whether you’re dealing with issues from teeth grinding, acidic erosion, or other factors that have led to a collapsed bite, remember that there are advanced and personalized solutions available to you. Full Mouth Rehabilitation is not just about patching up problems but involves recreating the functional harmony and aesthetic beauty that everyone deserves in their smile.