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What does malocclusion mean?

What does malocclusion mean?

an abnormal occlusion
Malocclusion is defined by the Dental Practice Board as meaning ‘an abnormal occlusion in which teeth are not in a normal position in relation to adjacent teeth in the same jaw and/or the opposing teeth when the jaws are closed’.

Is Maloccluded a word?

mal·oc·clu·sion A condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly; a faulty bite.

What does mastication mean?

1 : to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing. 2 : to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading. intransitive verb. : to make the motions involved in masticating food.

What is a Class 2 occlusion?

A Class II malocclusion is one whereby the upper front teeth are protruding over the lower teeth. In other words we observe an excessive horizontal (overjet) discrepancy.

What is a Class 1 malocclusion?

Dental malocclusions are classified based on the positioning of the upper and lower molars. A class 1 malocclusion means that the molar position, or bite, is normal, but there are other teeth that are misaligned in some way. These anomalies can include: Overlapping or overcrowded teeth. Rotated teeth.

What do you call the gap between your front teeth?

Diastema refers to a gap or space between the teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in the mouth, but are sometimes noticeable between the two upper front teeth. This condition affects both adults and children. In children, gaps may disappear once their permanent teeth grow in.

What happens if you eat food without chewing?

When you don’t chew your food enough, the rest of your digestive system becomes confused. Your body may not produce enough of the enzymes needed to fully break down your food. This could lead to digestive problems, including: bloating.

Is Class 1 occlusion normal?

Class I is a normal relationship between teeth, jaw and jaw. This is the correct occlusion, and it gives the person a well-balanced profile in the anteroposterior plane.

What are the types of occlusion?

6 Types of Occlusion

  • Underbite. One of the types of occlusion is the underbite.
  • Overbite. This is the complete opposite of underbite.
  • Crossbite. Another type of teeth occlusion is the crossbite.
  • Crowding.
  • Overjet.
  • Open Bite.

What is a Class 5 filling?

Class V: Cavity on the cervical third of the facial or lingual surfaces of any tooth (Think of the neck of the tooth)

What are the causes of malocclusion?

The cause of malocclusion varies among individuals. The most common causes include thumbsucking, a jaw that is too small to house the amount or size of teeth present (often found in crossbite patients), or in folks with missing teeth as the teeth rearrange to try to fill in a missing gap.

What are the most common malocclusions?

or rotate.

  • Spacing. Dental spacing is similar to crowding in that it’s extremely common and very treatable.
  • Midline Misalignment.
  • Tooth Gap.
  • Overbite.
  • Underbite.
  • Crossbite.
  • Overjet.
  • Open Bite.
  • What are the different types of malocclusion?

    Overbite. An overbite is a class II malocclusion that occurs when the lower jaw is in an improper position.

  • Underbite. An underbite is a class III malocclusion that occurs when the lower jaw is pushed forward.
  • Crossbite.
  • Open Bite.
  • Overjet.
  • Crowded Teeth.
  • Diastema (Gapped Teeth) Diastema is when there is a space or gap between two or more teeth.
  • What are the types of malocclusions?


  • Underbite (or anterior crossbite)
  • Crossbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Spacing
  • Open bite
  • Overjet
  • Diastema
  • Impacted tooth
  • Missing tooth