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 due to 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 minimal discomfort. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill and a fine filing stone. In addition to the actual adjustment, removal mouthpieces are also used, to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment?
Patients with loose or shifting teeth, who grind or clench their teeth, will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth. These patients are good candidates for occlusal adjustment. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment since treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.