Study of dental occlusion
We carry out a postural study to ensure a good fit between the upper and lower teeth, as well as a good postural position.
What is dental occlusion?
When we talk about oral occlusion, we are referring to the fit of the upper teeth with the lower teeth, the bite.
Malocclusion refers to any degree of irregular contact of the teeth of the upper jaw with those of the lower jaw, or a disproportion between the size of the jaw and the teeth, resulting in crowding, overbites, open bites, crossbites, protruding or retruded jaws…
What are the consequences of malocclusion?
The joints responsible for opening and closing the mouth are the temporomandibular joints, known as the TMJs. They are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull, which in turn is connected to the cervical vertebrae.
If there is a malocclusion, these joints are affected, transmitting this irregularity to the skull and this, to the cervical vertebrae. Therefore, an anomaly in the vertebral position can have repercussions on the position of the skull and the TMJs. In other words, irregularities can be transmitted from the mouth to the rest of the body, or from the rest of the body to the mouth.
Comprehensive study of occlusion
It has been proven that malocclusions have a direct impact on many postural problems. More and more studies are going deeper and deeper into the connection between the TMJs and body position. At HappyClínica we carry out a complete occlusal-postural study by a multidisciplinary team made up of dentists, physiotherapists and osteopaths from our clinic.
Functionality and aesthetics
This study includes a complete aesthetic and functional analysis of the jaws and the position of the teeth, using photos and X-rays, which provide us with detailed and complete information about the patient’s occlusion and facial and body characteristics. Masticatory movements and the aesthetics of the smile are also analysed.
In the second part of the study, a physical examination is performed to carry out a postural analysis and an extensibility analysis to obtain information about the patient’s posture and muscle function. A brief assessment of breathing and swallowing functions is also performed.
Our specialists combine the results of both studies and perform a complete analysis, looking for possible relationships between occlusion and the functional and postural characteristics of the patient.
We offer a comprehensive and complete diagnosis in order to be able to carry out the appropriate treatments, always working together with other specialities, with the aim of achieving the patient’s total health as a result.