An overbite not only affects the appearance of your smile, but it can also cause chewing problems, dental pain, and problems with speech. Dental implants are an effective treatment option for correcting an overbite even though many people associate dental implants solely for replacing missing teeth. Here are some ways getting dental implants can help correct your overbite, improve your overall oral health, and give you an attractive smile. 

Proper Tooth Alignment

Dental implants can restore optimal tooth alignment so that your bite can be restored. When your dentist replaces your teeth with dental implants, your bite becomes more balanced as a result of strategically positioning the implanted rods into your jawbone.

Once your overbite has been corrected with implants, complications associated with malocclusions such as chewing and speaking challenges, toothaches, and jawbone pain may resolve. It is important to note, that while dental implants are very effective in treating overbites, the entire procedure and healing process can take up to a year or so.

Your primary care dentist may consult with a maxillofacial surgeon, a dentist specializing in the treatment of abnormal bites, to develop your dental implant treatment plan. This will help ensure that your upper and lower teeth will be precisely positioned to effectively treat your overbite.

Enhancing Jawbone Structure

Another way dental implants can correct your overbite is by enhancing the structure of your jawbone. When your natural teeth are missing or improperly positioned, your jawbone may not get the stimulation it needs to stay healthy, and therefore, can start to deteriorate. This deterioration can further weaken the structure of your jawbone and worsen an overbite or other type of malocclusion.

Because dental implants act like your natural teeth, healthy bone growth of your jawbone will take place. This process is called osseointegration and it occurs after the metal rods have been implanted. The rods act like the roots of your natural teeth to help stimulate jawbone health. Implants can also be used as a strong foundation should your dentist recommend braces or other orthodontic treatments to further treat your overbite.

If you have an overbite or other type of dental misalignment, talk to your dentist about how implants can help. After your dentist performs an examination and takes dental X-rays, a treatment plan will be recommended to help restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.

It is important to note, that if your oral examination or X-rays reveal substantial bone loss of your jawbone, you may need to get treatment or take certain medications before your implant procedure can start. This is to help ensure that your jawbones are strong enough to support the rods.

Contact a local dentist to learn more about dental implants.