Although most of us are familiar with the more common dental issues, such as a missing tooth or a cavity, there are some dental concerns that may seem a bit alien.
If you have never experienced crossbite, and you do not know anyone who has experienced the condition, you probably have no idea what it is all about. Essentially, there are two crossbite conditions, and they both result in serious jaw pain. Crossbite can also lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, along with receding gums and lost teeth.
It is very important to consult a dentist if you believe that you may be suffering from crossbite.
What is Crossbite?
Crossbite is defined as being an abnormal reaction of your teeth from one arch to the opposing teeth from another arch, with the reaction being caused by a change in tooth position or an abnormal jaw position.
If there are alignment issues with your upper teeth relative to your lower teeth, you are going to experience crossbite. These issues can occur in two ways: through genetics or certain situations. For instance, children can experience crossbite if their permanent teeth grow before all their baby teeth have come out. The new teeth cannot get in the right position, which results in misalignment.
But the most common cause of crossbite is through genetics. If you are experiencing crossbite, it is likely that one or both of your parents suffered from it at some point in their lives.
Anterior vs. Posterior Crossbite:
There are two types of crossbites that you could be experiencing: anterior or posterior.
With a posterior crossbite, your upper teeth are falling inside the lower teeth when you bite down. With an anterior crossbite, your top front teeth are falling behind the lower front teeth.
Whether you are experiencing anterior or posterior crossbite, the condition is quite painful and needs treatment immediately.
When Crossbite is Left Untreated:
As explained by Colgate, crossbite is a complex condition that can cause a lot of damage to a person’s oral health. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is when they do not visit a dentist immediately after experiencing pain related to crossbite.
The longer you let this condition fester in your mouth, the more problems you are going to experience. Crossbite that is left untreated can result in other dental issues, such as grinding of the jaw, a receding gum line, tooth loss and other jaw issues. You may start to experience pain each day, along with headaches. You may even have a hard time chewing food.
Orthodontic experts believe there are multiple treatment options for crossbite. The best time to fix crossbite issues is when the patient is young.
If a child or teenager develops the issue, parents must get them to a dentist asap. Yes, the condition is still treatable when you are an adult, but it can often be more complicated. In some cases, braces may be enough to correct the problem.
Other patients may require a maxillary or removable expander, while extreme cases may even need surgery to correct the jaw alignment.
No one can know how to treat your crossbite condition other than a qualified dentist. If you are suffering from this issue, visit with your local dentist or give us a call or book a consultation.