What Is Bite Collapse?

bite collapsePatients in Springfield, MA, who are in the later stages of life may experience certain dental and medical conditions that may impact their smile. This includes a condition known as “bite collapse.” The team of Taylor Street Dental is pleased to provide solutions for patients who have been diagnosed with this condition and ensures patients have options to pursue at our facility.

Understanding a Bite Collapse

The dentists of Taylor Street Dental describe bite collapse as a change in the shape of the face and jaw. This is often caused by worn teeth or tooth loss. These changes can impact the function and appearance of the smile, and can even cause a patient to look older than they really are due to bone resorption (the process of bone tissue breaking down and the minerals being released into the bloodstream). Bite collapse is a condition that happens over time and can vary from patient to patient. This is why the team of Taylor Street Dental encourages patients to visit their dentist regularly to monitor for this and other dental problems that can occur in aging patients.

How Does Bite Collapse Occur?

A collapsed bite can occur for various reasons, and over time, it can lead to a range of problems, such as difficulty chewing, jaw pain, headaches, and a less appealing smile. Here are some of the reasons you could develop a collapsed bite:

Poor Oral Habits

Conditions such as bruxism (tooth grinding) can cause patients to clench and grind their teeth unknowingly. The constant pressure and wear on the teeth may lead to changes in their position, resulting in a collapsed bite. This condition may be addressed by wearing a special oral appliance at night to lessen the tension of the jaw and reduce damage to the teeth.

Missing Teeth

Another cause of bite collapse is tooth loss. When one or more teeth are lost or extracted, it can cause existing teeth to shift. The shifting of the teeth can impact the alignment of the bite and result in bone loss. To address this, patients need to be vigilant about ensuring they seek tooth replacement options as soon as a tooth is lost. Common options available to patients include partial dentures, full dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Patients are encouraged to speak to a dentist to determine the best tooth replacement option for their unique needs.


One of the primary factors contributing to a collapsed bite is genetics. The way our jaw develops is largely determined by our genetic makeup. If a person inherits certain jaw or teeth misalignment traits from their parents, they may be predisposed to experiencing a collapsed bite. It’s essential to be aware of family dental history and seek orthodontic intervention if needed.

Jaw Joint Disorders

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, characterized by pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint, can contribute to a collapsed bite. Individuals with TMJ issues may alter their bite patterns to alleviate pain, leading to an imbalanced bite over time. Treating the underlying TMJ disorder is essential in restoring proper occlusion.


As we age, changes in bone density and structure can affect the alignment of our teeth and jaw. Collapsing of the bite can occur gradually over the years due to these natural aging processes. Regular dental checkups become increasingly important as we age to monitor and address any developing issues promptly.

How to Fix a Collapsed Bite?

Comprehensive Dental Examination

Begin by scheduling a comprehensive dental examination with a qualified dentist, such as Dr. Peck from Taylor Street Dental. During this examination, your dentist will assess your bite, examine your teeth and gums, and take X-rays to identify any underlying issues. This thorough evaluation is essential for determining the most appropriate course of action.

Replace Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is a significant contributor to a collapsed bite. If you have missing teeth, consider replacing them through dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Restoring the natural alignment of your teeth will help reestablish a proper bite and prevent further complications.

Dental Restorations and Orthodontics

If worn-down teeth or improperly fitting dental restorations are the culprits, your dentist may recommend crowns, veneers, or other restorations to build and reshape the affected teeth. In some cases, orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, may be necessary to realign the teeth and correct the bite gradually.

Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal adjustment involves reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth to create a more balanced and even bite. This may involve removing small amounts of enamel to improve the alignment and prevent excessive force on certain teeth. Your dentist will carefully plan and execute the adjustments to ensure a harmonious bite.


For individuals experiencing joint disorders, TMJ therapy may be recommended. This can include exercises, physical therapy, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention to address joint issues. Addressing TMJ problems is crucial for achieving long-term stability in the bite.

Common Questions About a Bite Collapse

Can Dental Treatments Cause a Bite Collapse?

In some cases, poorly executed dental treatments such as improper crowns, bridges, or orthodontist work can contribute to a bite collapse.

How Is a Bite Collapse Diagnosed?

A dentist or orthodontist can diagnose a bite collapse through a thorough examination, dental history review, and even imaging studies like X-rays.

Is a Bite Collapse Reversible?

The reversibility of a bite collapse depends on the underlying causes. In some cases, orthodontic treatments, dental restorations, or other interventions may help correct the issue.

How Can I Prevent a Bite Collapse?

Maintaining good oral hygiene, addressing tooth loss promptly, and seeking regular dental checkups can help prevent or minimize the risk of a bite collapse.

It’s important to note that individual cases may vary, and consulting with a dental professional for a personalized assessment and treatment plan is recommended.

Request a Visit Today

Fixing a collapsed bite requires a tailored approach that addresses the specific factors contributing to the misalignment. Consult with a skilled dentist such as Dr. Peck to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and discuss the most suitable treatment options for your individual case. Call Taylor Street Dental at (413) 781-7645 today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out if you could benefit from the treatment of bite collapse.

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