Results from abnormal jaw growth, missing and undersized teeth. Adjacent teeth to the extra space usually shift. Gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems, periodontal pockets and increased risk of gum disease.
Excessive overlap of the front teeth.
Commonly seen in people with strong facial musculature who clench and grind their teeth. Can lead to excessive wear of front and back teeth if left untreated.
Lower front or back teeth fit outside upper teeth.
Crossbite can occur when upper and lower jaws are misaligned. One or more upper teeth may be involved, and it can present on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This condition commonly causes excessive wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
Lack of room for the teeth.
When left untreated, crowded teeth usually get worse over time. These crooked teeth can lend to dental plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of periodontal disease.
Teeth lack contact in front or back.
Often found in patients with allergies, airway issues or oral habits. Anterior open bites occur in the front, and posterior open bites occur in the back.
Another name for a specific type of crossbite.
Underbite occurs when lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It can be caused by missing upper teeth, overgrowth of the lower jaw, undergrowth of the upper jaw, or a combination of both. It can be related to painful joint problems.