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Occlusal Adjustment

Do you ever wake up in the morning with sore jaws?  When you bite down, do you ever feel like your jaw is lopsided or off kilter?  If so, then you may need an occlusal adjustment by your dentist.

An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of your bite and is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth.  This type of adjustment can leave you with an evenly distributed bite and eliminate irregular pressure and discomfort on one side of your mouth.  Once your bite is adjusted, your top and bottom teeth will meet together properly.  The occlusal adjustment procedure causes minimal pain little discomfort.  Your dentist will use a dental drill and a fine filing stone to make the adjustment.  After the actual occlusal adjustment, removable mouthpieces are utilized to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles.

Patients with loose or shifting teeth and whose bite is misaligned are good candidates for an occlusal adjustment.  People who grind or clench their teeth, have an uneven bite or irregular pressure distribution in their mouth can also benefit from an occlusal adjustment.  Occasionally, tooth sensitivity can be addressed through an occlusal adjustment, as the treatment can reduce pressure on teeth.

Dentists utilize new technology to accurately identify the areas that need adjustments.  The dentist uses a computer scan of the mouth to record hundreds of bite registrations per minute and to note even the slightest irregularities.  This data allows the dentist to make educated measurements and only make adjustments that are absolutely necessary.  This ensures a well-aligned bite and minimal tooth damage.  

If you suspect that you may qualify for an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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