Bite Analysis Overview
When your teeth are misaligned, it can be damaging to your teeth and gums and can also cause pain in your jaw joints. A bite analysis is performed to help determine if you have a bad bite or an occlusion disorder. To administer a bite analysis, general dentist Dr. Natalie Scarmato uses state-of-the-art technology at her office in New York, NY to test the strength of your teeth and determine how much force is exerted by each individual tooth. The analysis can identify if you have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. Additionally, Dr. Scarmato will evaluate your jawbone, muscles, and teeth together to look for any underlying issues that may be caused by a bad bite. If not treated properly, a bad bite can lead to future problems that can be painful or debilitating so it is important to receive a diagnosis after you notice an uncomfortable or painful bite. To schedule a bite analysis, contact Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Best Candidates for Bite Analysis
There are several reasons to seek a bite analysis and determine if a disorder exists. Some of the most common symptoms include chipped, cracked, crooked, or broken teeth, painful chewing, persistent headaches or jaw aches, inflamed or stiff jaw muscles, and a receding gumline. In some cases, a misaligned bite can lead to teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which can cause further jaw pain and a loss of enamel.
What to Expect with Bite Analysis
A bite analysis typically consists of digital x-rays, a 3D scan, a bite study, and a physical examination by Dr. Scarmato. Once the issues with your bite are identified, there are a few different treatment options depending on the severity of your case. In more mild cases, a bite splint or orthodontic treatment like Invisalign is usually recommended, while some severe cases may require surgical treatment.
Bite Analysis Follow-Up
It is important that if you have another disorder or issues with your bite, you should continue to attend routine dental examinations so that Dr. Scarmato can assess any changes, even after treatment. You should also continue to maintain a proper at-home oral hygiene routine, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
Bite Analysis Insurance Coverage
The price of a bite analysis is dependent on the type of imaging that is used. Prior to your analysis, our office will contact your insurance company to determine what may be covered and if there will be any additional costs. We accept many payment methods and can help you find medical financing so your treatment is more affordable.
Plan Your Procedure
If you are experiencing any abnormalities in your bite or notice pain when you speak or eat, you may need to receive a bite analysis. Dr. Scarmato can diagnose what may be causing the issue and help treat it before other problems occur. Using state-of-the-art technology, Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. in Greenwich Village will gather all the information needed to give you a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to restore your bite and dental health.