Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment
Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment refers to various procedures that aim to fix issues like misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, malocclusion, and other bite interferences and anomalies. Occlusal bite adjustment may involve surgical changes to your teeth, orthodontic procedures, splints, or even mouth reconstruction.
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Importance of Occlusal Adjustment
The following are some reasons why occlusal adjustment may be necessary:
- Restorative dentistry procedures like dental crowns and dental bridges often create interferences in your bit because of which you can’t close your teeth effectively. Occlusal adjustment aims to fix or remove these interferences.
- Misaligned teeth cause strains in certain parts of your teeth because it leads to an uneven distribution of bite force. Occlusal adjustment aligns your teeth and redistributes bite force evenly to prevent dental injuries and fractures.
- If you’re going through some prosthetic changes, then an occlusal adjustment may be necessary.
- Occlusal adjustment is also important to avoid many of the side effects and complications that arise from misalignment and malocclusion such as bruxism, TMD, earaches, headaches, jaw pain, and other such problems.
- Occlusal adjustment is often necessary after orthodontic procedures.
Occlusal Adjustment Diagnosis and Treatment
You don’t need a special appointment to check for misalignment and malocclusion. Dentists usually inspect your teeth for signs of misalignment during regular dental appointments.
Some of the signs they look for include jaws that don’t shut properly on either side, popping or clicking sounds when you move your jaws, fractured teeth, signs that your enamel is inexplicably wearing off, or bruxism.
The dentist may ask you to bite down on a piece of paper to check for alignment. The impression of your teeth on the paper will help them identify if your jaws are meeting correctly. They may also ask you to bite down on a dental mold so they get an accurate impression of your entire dental framework.
Based on their findings from the aforementioned methods, the dentist will go through with the occlusal adjustment procedure. The following are the steps involved in the occlusal adjustment process:
- The dentist will first determine which side of your teeth is making contact.
- The dentist will use diamond or carbide burs to gently shave the excessive structure from the side that’s making contact — the aim is to make sure both sides are even.
- The posterior teeth should make complete contact and the anterior teeth should make limited content. The dentist will continue shaving until they’ve achieved that.
- The dentist will take another impression by asking you to bite down on a piece of paper. This will help them make sure that your teeth are even now.
Types of Occlusal Adjustment
Malocclusion and misalignment can affect your teeth in various ways, many of which don’t require the aforementioned bite adjustment procedure. The following are some of the other types of methods used for occlusal adjustment and straightening misaligned teeth.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry in which external appliances are used to apply pressure on your teeth and make them move in a specific direction. This is necessary if you have crooked or misaligned teeth. Some of the most popular orthodontic devices are Invisalign transparent aligners, traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces.
Splints are mouthguards or oral guards made of a soft cushiony substance used to prevent your upper teeth and lower teeth from meeting each other. This is usually done if you’re suffering from bruxism because the splints minimize contact between your teeth so you don’t suffer from a dental injury because of teeth grinding.
Mouth reconstruction is a complicated surgical procedure in which the dentist changes your entire dental framework by modifying your teeth, jaw structure, and more. The procedure may also include several other restorative procedures like dental crowns, implants, and others.
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Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment Q&A
What causes a bad bite and crooked teeth?
The following are some of the most common reason for which people have a bad bite or crooked teeth:
- Loss of baby teeth long before the permanent teeth come in.
- Harmful oral habits during childhood such as thumb-sucking and mouth-breathing.
- Incorrect swallowing methods.
- Incorrect tongue positions in childhood.
Is there a way to repair ground teeth?
If you have ground teeth, you may have insufficient enamel on your teeth. Unfortunately, enamel doesn’t grow back once it’s lost. As such, you may have to get dental crowns to cover up your tooth and protect it from further damage or sensitivity.
How to treat teeth grinding?
Teeth Grinding, also known as Bruxism, is a condition in which you subconsciously keep grinding or clenching your teeth due to physiological, behavioral, or psychological factors. The dentist will need to identify the root cause of teeth grinding before curating a treatment plan. However, in the meantime, you can wear splints or mouth guards to protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding.
How much does enameloplasty cost?
Enameloplasty is a procedure in which the dentist removes some of the surface enamel and structure from your teeth to make cosmetic changes. The procedure may cost between $50 and $300.
How would a dentist fix a deep bite?
Deep Bite is a type of misalignment in which your upper teeth protrude outwards and in front of the lower teeth. The lower teeth may harm the soft tissues around your upper teeth and may even cause bone loss. The dentist can fix this issue with the use of orthodontic procedures like Invisalign or braces.