The main advantage of coming to the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin is getting care from specialists who understand how to do complicated jaw reconstruction. One of the most severe results of the absence or wear of multiple teeth is the loss of vertical dimension in the bite, or bite collapse, which is why we want patients to feel that they have a solid understanding of it.
Loss of vertical dimension can occur when the teeth themselves have lost height or the back ones are missing altogether. This would cause the remaining teeth in front and their supporting bone structure to tilt outward as they are subjected to bite force, which may result in a bite that is open as well as short. Besides making chewing difficult, the loss of vertical dimension is a source of pain in the temporomandibular joint, which can radiate to the rest of the head, neck, and shoulders, and causes the face to appear wrinkled and the chin to be disproportionately large to the mouth.
Fixing bite collapse requires careful attention to both functional and aesthetic issues. To ensure extensive restorations are the proper height, the patient will often first wear temporary crowns or veneers. If they have been without teeth for a long period, it may be necessary for them to undergo bone grafts in preparation for implant-supported bridges or dentures. During this period, we will work closely with the patient to ensure that the final restorations are the desired color and the height of the patient’s face will be returned to its healthy appearance.
Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit Frederick Shaw DDS and fill out a contact form.