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Did you know? Many people do not understand that the way their bite is designed can influence a number of their health conditions. Dental occlusion, which is another name for the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together, can provoke pain, stress and continuous headaches. This is something many Los Angeles patients do not tend to see.

The impact of your bite to your health is not limited to your teeth. In this blog article we will present some of the consequences of not having a well-aligned bite. These problems are called ¨Occlusal Problems.”

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Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ)

Los Angeles dentists understand the term TMJ very well, as issues with the TMJ can provoke extreme pain and disrupts someone’s eating and speaking habits. These problems can manifest in pain around the joint area, grinding or clicking, and some patients can also experience buzzing or ringing in their ears. The most common symptom is difficulty opening and/or closing the mouth resulting from the teeth not meeting each other properly.


An incorrect bite added to receding gums and periodontal disease and loose teeth can be made much worse if there is an incorrect bite. Gum problem can escalate much quicker when the bite does not provide and balance structure to the remaining teeth in the mouth.


Teeth are the most obvious sign of a bite problem. Your teeth will show signs of occlusal problems if they are worn, constantly breaking, if they are out of line, or if you have crowns working loose and fillings that fracture. As an LA dentist, we recommend you pay attention to the condition of your teeth because they´ll be the most evident sign of occlusion problems.


If you jaw is not in the right position, it will cause the muscles that move it to get tired quicker. This is because the jaw muscles have to work much harder, which leads to muscle spasms and even sinus pain.


If you think you might be experiencing any on these Occlusal problems, the best way to approach this situation is to visit your Los Angeles dentist. There is no need to wait until the conditions you have escalate further to try to find their solution.