Bite (Occlusal) Adjustment
One’s bite is considered healthy when all or at least most teeth are present in their original state and not destroyed by excessive wear.
Teeth that demonstrate significant wear, looseness or when jaw joint (TMJ) damage is seen, tend to indicate an abnormal or destructive bite. Bite adjustment therapy helps restore the bite so that you can function without further damage and destruction. Treatments may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth while minimizing spots of excessive pressure when teeth are brought into contact. This is performed by carefully dividing biting forces evenly across all of your teeth.
- Bite splint therapy employs a custom-fitted and precisely adjusted plastic bite guard. The smooth gliding surfaces of the bite splint enable your jaw musculature and jaw joint to return to a relaxed and neutral position. Although bite guards are generally worn at night, the specifics of your condition may require the orthotic bite splint to be worn initially during the day, at night, or both.
- Braces (orthodontic treatment) are sometimes employed to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth back into a more ideal and functional location.
- Replacement of old, worn, or damaged fillings.
- Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.