An Occlusal Adjustment procedure or bite adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly. The imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed is called a malocclusion. These interferences can prevent the jaw from closing in its anatomically correct position. Interferences can occur as teeth develop, after an injury, or accumulate over time with wear.
How is occlusal adjustment done?
An occlusal adjustment treats the problem that is causing the unhealthy bite. The specific treatment depends on the cause and symptoms of the bite problem.
Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth: This involves drilling and filing the misshapen or uneven and rough surfaces of the tooth. This may involve reshaping one tooth or many teeth. We will check your bite until the teeth have been reshaped and come together correctly when you bite down.
Reconstruction: We will repair broken and cracked teeth and fill cavities. In some cases, old fillings may need to be removed and replaced with new ones. You may need one or more crowns or your dentist may use bonding agents for repairing damaged teeth. The purpose is to do everything that needs to be done to restore your teeth and your bite to a healthy status.
Splints or night guards: We will take impressions of your mouth so the splints or night guards can be made specifically to fit in your mouth and according to your teeth and what needs to be done to align them. Although most guards are worn at night to keep teeth in alignment and to prevent grinding or clenching, some may also be worn during the daytime. Guards are also used for those suffering from TMJ problems and pain.
Orthodontic treatment with braces and retainers: This realigns and repositions the teeth