The ideal bite/occlusion is when the upper teeth are overbiting the lower teeth in the front, and all around to the back. If the lower teeth are outside the upper teeth, this is referred to as a crossbite.

However, too much overbite is also not a good thing. How much is too much needs to be evaluated by your dentist. Below are the different types of occlusion.

Malocclusion is the term used when the occlusion, or bite, is not ideal. This can refer to the aforementioned crossbite, too much of an over/under bite as pictured below, or other other discrepancies.

Malocclusion Diagram:


In the dental world, your occlusion is always a consideration when getting dental treatment. If a dental restoration is placed without taking the occlusion into account, it can cause all sorts of problems including promoting periodontal disease , jaw pain, and loss of teeth!

If you have had recent dental work and it just doesn't feel right when you bite, your occlusion/bite may be off and may just need to be adjusted.

You would be amazed at how a little high spot on a filling or crown can make all the difference in the world!

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