My dentist placed a new implant bridge. He tested my bite, but now that I’m back to eating normally, my upper and lower teeth don’t line up when I bite or chew on the right side. My jaws are sore in the morning. I’m sure that this isn’t normal. Should I ask my dentist for a new bridge? Thank you. Teagan from GA
A misaligned bite is not normal. If your dentist doesn’t correct it, your jaw pain can lead to more severe issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Although any dentist can claim to be an implant dentist, it takes advanced training to place and restore implants.
When Your Bite Is Off with a New Dental Bridge
When your bite is off with a new dental bridge, there are two possible causes: your dentist didn’t place the bridge correctly, or your dental implants are in the wrong position.
- Implants restored incorrectly – Your dentist might have placed your bridge incorrectly, disturbing your bite.
- Incorrect implant placement – If your dentist placed the implants in the wrong position, the bridge can’t fit correctly. Miscommunication can occur if an oral surgeon places the implant and a dentist restores the implants with crowns, a bridge, or dentures.
But the dentist who restores implants should make a surgical guide to define the exact position and angle for your implants. The oral surgeon will follow the guide for precise placement and avoid problems with your bite.
We recommend finding a dentist with advanced training in occlusion and bite and implantology. The dentist will understand how to provide quality implant dentistry and how to correct your bite.
If your dentist cannot resolve the issue, you can get a second opinion from an advanced implant dentist. Afterward, request a refund from your dentist based on these facts:
- You paid for an implant bridge, but the one you received is not functioning correctly.
- You are in the beginning stages of a TMJ issue.
- Your dentist is unable to provide a solution.
- You visited an advanced implant dentist for a second opinion who confirmed that a dentist must replace your dental work.
Your new dentist might be willing to request a refund for you and explain why your current dental bridge requires replacement. If your dentist continues to be uncooperative, you can threaten to file a complaint with the state dental board. And follow through if your dentist still refuses to give you a refund.
Barrington, Illinois dentist Dr. James Gavrilos sponsors this post.