Occlusal Adjustment For TMJ & Jaw Pain

Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?

 When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is lopsided? Do you suffer from jaw pain due to TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction)? 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.  

Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment? 

Patients with loose or shifting teeth that do not meet correctly. Patients who grind or clench their teeth will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth can also be a candidate for an occlusal adjustment. Often times, jaw pain can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth. Pain resulting from TMJ can be eased from an occlusal adjustment.

New technology allows dentists to accurately identify the areas, which need adjustments. The dentist utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. That data allows the dentist to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary, which ensures a well aligned bite and minimal tooth wear. 

If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment,schedule an appointment.

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