Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?
When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is
lopsided? If so, then you may need an occlusal adjustment.
An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of
the bite that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The
result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one
side of the mouth. Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet
properly. Occlusal adjustment causes minimal pain, and only a little
discomfort. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill using a fine filing
stone. In addition to the actual adjustment, removal mouthpieces are also
utilized, to protect the tooth surface, and relax the jaw muscles once the
adjustment is completed.
Who is a good candidate for an occlusal
adjustment? Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not
meet correctly. Patients, who grind or clench their teeth, will have an uneven
bite and pressure distribution in the mouth, which is also corrected through an
occlusal adjustment. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an
occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.
If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, please feel free to schedule an appointment.