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Occlusal Adjustment

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 which may be 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 at most. The adjustment is made by slowly reshaping the enamel bumps and grooves. In addition to the actual adjustment, splints or retainers may also be utilized to relax jaw muscles, determine proper alignment, or protect the tooth surfaces.  

Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment?  Loose or shifting teeth will often not meet correctly. Patients who grind or clench their teeth may 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, schedule an appointment.

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