Malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications. It is abnormal alignment of the teeth and the way in which the upper and lower teeth fit together. Normally, the upper teeth overlap slightly outside the lower teeth. This overlap allows the projections (cusps) on each tooth to fit in the corresponding depressions of the opposite tooth. Proper alignment makes for the most effective chewing and also distributes chewing forces equally.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION DIAGNOSED?
A dentist would diagnose this disorder through a thorough dental examination. X-rays would be performed to determine and confirm the extent of the mis-alignment.
HOW IS MALOCCLUSION TREATED?
Mild cases of malocclusion do not require any treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem brace and extraction would be advise. In extreme cases surgery to reshape the jaw could be advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
While treating Malocclusion, dentists must ensure that t does not lead to complications like tooth decay or inflammation of gums