What You Need To Know About Crossbites

A crossbite is a dental condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly. In a normal bite, the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth slightly, allowing for proper chewing and biting. However, in a crossbite, the opposite occurs, and the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. This can lead to a range of dental problems and should be corrected as soon as possible. Here is what you need to know:

What Causes a Crossbite?

Crossbites can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, abnormal tooth development, and habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. They can also be the result of injury or trauma to the mouth.

Are There Different Types of Crossbites?

There are two types of crossbites: anterior and posterior. In an anterior crossbite, the lower front teeth overlap the upper front teeth, while in a posterior crossbite, the lower back teeth overlap the upper back teeth. Both types of crossbites can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and overall oral health.

What Are the Symptoms of a Crossbite?

Some of the common symptoms of a crossbite include difficulty chewing or biting, jaw pain or discomfort, teeth grinding, and speech problems. Crossbites can also lead to other dental problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and uneven wear on the teeth.

How Is a Crossbite Treated?

Fortunately, a crossbite can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. The type of treatment needed will depend on the severity and type of crossbite. In some cases, a simple appliance such as a dental expander may be used to widen the upper jaw and create more space for the teeth. In other cases, braces or clear aligners may be needed to move the teeth into their proper position.

In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the crossbite. However, this is a rare occurrence and most crossbites can be corrected with non-invasive treatments.

It is important to correct a crossbite as soon as possible to prevent further dental problems from occurring. If left untreated, a crossbite can lead to various oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

If you suspect that you or your child may have a crossbite, scheduling a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist is important. They can perform a thorough examination and recommend the appropriate treatment to correct the crossbite and improve your oral health. If necessary, a dentist can refer you to an orthodontist for treatment.

For more information, contact a service provider like Mark A. Massa, DDS, Inc.