- Bite blocks are orthodontic devices used to correct misaligned teeth and support orthodontic treatment.
- Bite blocks can be made of resin, acrylic and wire. They can be either removable or fixed.
- Doctors use bite blocks if the occlusion of the teeth would interfere with correcting the alignment. They are useful for treating overbites, crossbites, and crowding.
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Do you need to use bite blocks for your orthodontic treatment? Here's everything you need to know.
Bite block definition
There are several types of bite blocks you can have placed.
A resin bite block, also called a buildup, is created by bonding resin composite directly onto the occlusal surface of the teeth. This prevents the teeth from having heavy contact with one another in the cases of a very deep bite. They can also be useful when a patient is having extensive restorative work done, as a way to correct the way the jaws come together.
Bite blocks can also be made of acrylic and wire and can be either removable or fixed. Some are spring-loaded. If placed in the anterior region, they are usually triangular in shape and are usually removable.
When are bite blocks necessary?
Bite blocks are necessary when the occlusion of the teeth would interfere with correcting the alignment. If the teeth come together in an adverse way, it could slow down or completely impede your orthodontic treatment.
In cases of:
bite blocks prevent the teeth from coming all the way together and dislodging the brackets.
Bite turbos side effects
While there are not many issues caused by bite turbos, there can be a short period of discomfort while you get used to the bite blocks.
As with any dental appliance, speaking with the bite turbos in place can require some adjustment time. It may cause a speech impediment, including lisping.
Since the goal of bite blocks is to not allow all of your teeth to come together, chewing will likely be difficult. You may need to cut your food into small pieces and place them towards the back of your mouth in order to chew properly. Chewing technique will depend on where your bite blocks are placed.
Soreness and discomfort
Any sort of dental treatment often causes some soreness and discomfort at first, and bite blocks are no different. This should only last a few days. After that, you should have no discomfort or pain associated with the bite blocks.
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What if one of the bite turbos comes off?
What happens if I swallow my bite block?
If you swallow your bite block, don’t panic. Your body can easily digest the bite block over time and it will not cause any problems.
However, in some rare cases, you will need to seek medical help. If you develop any difficulty breathing, you should go to an emergency room right away. Difficulty breathing may mean that you aspirated the bite block and it may be in your lungs. You will need to have an xray of your chest to find out.
Do bite blockers wear down?