One-sided chewing may take place unconsciously or may be associated with incorrect habits, e.g. chewing gum or biting hard objects. It may also be a result of oral pathologies, e.g. bad shaped fillings, crowns, prosthetic restorations or missing teeth. This makes us save one side and chew with the other. One-sided chewing can lead to one-sided growth of masseter and mimic muscles, and thus – to face asymmetry. This causes changes in aesthetics and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints. Ultimately, this can lead to bruxism (grinding and clenching of teeth), which local and general consequences are serious for the patient.
Oct 18, 2019