When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is lopsided? Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw?

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.

The latest advancements in dental technology allow dentists to identify the locations that require adjustments with precision. A computer scan of the mouth, which captures hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and even the tiniest variation is noted by the dentist. This information allows the dentist to make just those modifications that are genuinely required, resulting in a properly aligned bite while reducing tooth wear.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Occlusal Adjustment?

An occlusal adjustment may be recommended for anyone who is experiencing problems with their bite. This may include people who have:

· Teeth that are worn down

· Teeth that are chipped or broken

· Jaw pain

· Headaches

· Neck pain

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Ardas Family Dental to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to help you find the best treatment option for your needs.