When your teeth are misaligned, it can be damaging to your teeth and gums, and can also cause pain in your jaw joints. A bite analysis is performed to help determine if you have a bad bite or an occlusion disorder. To administer a bite analysis, our certified dentists use state-of-the-art technology at our Wichita Falls, TX office to test the strength of your teeth and determine how much force is exerted by each individual tooth. The analysis can identify if you have an underbite, crossbite, or overbite. Additionally, we evaluate your teeth, muscles, and jaw together to look for any underlying issues that may be caused by a bad bite. If not treated properly, a bad bite can lead to future problems that can be painful or debilitating so it is important to receive a diagnosis after you notice an uncomfortable or painful bite. To schedule a bite analysis, contact our team at Stone Lake Dental.
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There are several reasons to seek a bite analysis and determine if an issue exists. Some of the most common symptoms include chipped, crooked, broken, or cracked teeth, painful chewing, persistent headaches or jaw aches, inflamed or stiff jaw muscles, and a receding gumline. In some cases, a misaligned bite can lead to teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which can cause further jaw pain and a loss of enamel.
What to Expect
A bite analysis typically consists of digital x-rays, a 3D scan, a bite study, and a physical examination. Once the issues with your bite are identified, there are a few different treatment options, depending on the severity of your case. In more mild cases, a night guard is usually recommended, while some severe cases may require surgical treatment.
It is important that if you have another disorder or issues with your bite, you should continue to attend routine dental examinations so that our dental team can assess any changes, even after treatment. You should also continue to maintain a proper at-home oral hygiene routine, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
The price of a bite analysis is dependent on the type of imaging that is used. Prior to your analysis, our financial team will contact your insurance company to determine what may be covered and if there will be any additional costs. Stone Lake Dental accepts many payment methods and we can help you find medical financing so your treatment is more affordable.
If you are experiencing any abnormalities in your bite or notice pain when you speak or eat, you may need to receive a bite analysis. Our highly trained dentists can diagnose what may be causing the issue and help treat it before other problems occur. Using state-of-the-art technology, Stone Lake Dental will gather all the information needed to give you a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to restore your bite and dental health.