Malocclusion

Malaligned teeth or jaw leading to an improper bite, occlusion, and jaw relation is known as malocclusion. Edward angle, also known as the "father of modern orthodontics," coined the term "malocclusion." Some of the causes are a hereditary predisposition, tumors, enlarged adenoids, cleft lip and palate, missing teeth, habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc. If left untreated, they can cause temporomandibular joint disorders, speech difficulty, and mainly displeasing esthetics. A dental malocclusion can be corrected with orthodontic therapy, while a skeletal malocclusion needs surgical intervention and orthodontic treatment.

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On chewing, my upper and lower teeth touches only on my left side. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some problems with my jaw muscles due to clenching or grinding at night. It causes a variety of symptoms such as headaches. When I chew, I feel like my upper and lower teeth touch only in my left side and I seem to have overdevelopment of masseter muscle on the same side. I have c...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and I will try my best to provide you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. There are several reasons for your problem and there are several types of treatment depending upon your cause. If it occurs due to malocclusion or misaligned teeth, th...  Read Full »

Will X-ray not show fracture in the bone behind the front teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years ago front right central incisor pushed back 1 mm. I had a root canal done three months later. I had an X-ray from the dentist and also an endodontist. They said they could not see bone behind the tooth fractured at all. However, when I eat certain foods, I feel clicks and hear...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and shall try my best to get some solution. The clicking and popping you are mentioning might not necessarily be due to the bone behind the top teeth. It might be just due to some movement in your teeth only or maybe if there is some mal...  Read Full »

Can dental problems cause head and shoulder pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47-year-old male with a height of 162 cm and a weight of 74 kg. I have tooth pain, and pain in the upper and lower jaw, the backside of the head, and the shoulder. The pain is mostly on the right side of the head and jaw. Can you please help me with this?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I went through your question and CT (computed tomography) report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your CT report is normal, which means there is no major issue to be concerned about. The problem looks muscle-related...  Read Full »

Will deep bite affect lower and upper jaw development?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23-year-old male. I used to have a normal dental bite, but, somehow I have a deep bite. Maybe, due to excessive grinding or weak gums. I want some answers regarding the deep bite. 1) Will deep bite affect my facial development? Like lower and upper jaw development.2) Is having a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. Deep bite is a malocclusion in which the upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth. A deep bite may impact the facial integrity, damages the teeth leading to attrition and sensitivity. So to answer your queries - Kindly ...  Read Full »

Why do my gums get swollen very often?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a swollen gum problem repeatedly, and earlier, when I was suffering from the same issue, they suggested Metrogyl 400 tablet. Right now, I am not able to contact her as she is not in town.  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are two issues basically you need to understand. What your doctor gave you for a temporary solution is quite fine, you can take the same course of medicine again, along with that you can also do warm water and salt rinse 3 to 4 tim...  Read Full »

Why are my teeth still uneven after wearing braces for two years?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to ask a question about my teeth. I currently have braces, and I have had them for two years. I am scheduled to have them removed in the coming month. However, I am worried as I do not think they are ready yet. My teeth are uneven in length, one side is higher up than the ot...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. Unfortunately, your picture is not getting opened, so I cannot predict the current situation. But I think if you are wearing retainers and elastics, they will probably give good results. So I suggest you either send the current clinical picture of the c...  Read Full »

Can the cause of condylar resorption be identified with imaging?

Query: Hi doctor, At age 17, I spontaneously developed an anterior open bite. I do not have a habit of tongue thrust. Although, I had been using a drugstore night guard when it developed. My orthodontist fixed it without doing any imaging. Looking back, I wonder if it had been caused by idiopathic condylar...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The resorption of your condyle is idiopathic. That means the cause cannot be determined or defined. With imaging investigations, now it is not possible to discern whether it was present or absent before, during or after treatment, unless you have x-rays or CT from before ...  Read Full »

Will palatal expansion help to achieve proper occlusion?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a TMJ problem. My jaw cramps and can be painful while opening. I have had braces for two years to fix my crossbite. My lower right canine was over my upper right canine. That was fixed, but my bite is still uneven. When I bite down, my upper right canine makes contact with my l...  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see braces on the upper anterior teeth only. There are no braces on the posterior teeth in the upper arch. I want to know about the reason why braces are not there on t...  Read Full »

I have removed my brackets wire because it was poking. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My wire was poking out on one end and I attempted to put it back in place but it would not stay. I wanted to let it go until I could get it fixed by my orthodontist but it was scratching the inside of my cheek so I used tweezers and removed all the rubber bands from each individual br...  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, you have removed wire from all brackets and now no wire is there. Ideally you should not do this. This may hamper your treatment progress. When your wire was disturbing you then you should have contacted your Orthodontist atleast by telephone...  Read Full »

Will no occlusion on one side cause jaw damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 71 years old and I am in the process of getting major work done throughout my mouth. At the moment, I have only three grinding teeth on my upper. Two on the left and one on the right (numbers 4, 12 and 13). 11 days ago, the dentist reinstalled the crown on number four, but when I...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Firstly, I would like to ask you for what reason was the crown was placed for tooth 4. And usually, when there is no occlusion on one side, you will get pain and soreness on the opposite side. If the occlusion...  Read Full »

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