Remove Interferences that Keep Your Teeth from Coming Together Properly
Occlusal, or bite, adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly. These interferences can prevent the jaw from closing in its anatomically correct position. Interferences can develop as teeth develop, can occur following an accident, or they can accumulate over time with wear. Dental work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions can also cause interferences. Interferences can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position. This means that the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. This may result in severe headaches and neck aches. Many develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, as their jaw seeks its natural position. Bruxism can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums. Overtime, patients may develop tempromandibular joint issues, or TMJ, if they go untreated.
How Can I Know if My Bite is “Off”?
During your examination, your doctor will examine your jaw closely and may notice symptoms that your bite may be off. Some symptoms include if the jaw does not open evenly on both sides, if the jaw makes a clicking noise as it opens, if the enamel has been ground away in certain areas, or if there are fractured teeth. Chronic symptoms of bruxism, headaches or neck aches, are also clues that the bite may be off.
How is My Bite Fixed?
Before the procedure begins, the doctor will utilize a digital occlusion analysis system called T-Scan™. This system provides dynamic occlusal measurement – revealing the level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite – bringing articulation paper marks to life. The doctor will then smooth the area where the marks have been left removing just enough of the tooth or restoration until the jaw is able to get into its normal position.
Dr. Steven C. Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, is a Dentist who services patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!