What Is Occlusal Adjustment?
Occlusal adjustment is a process aimed at re-aligning the teeth to ensure they meet correctly when the jaws are closed. It involves minor reshaping of the biting surfaces of the teeth. This is particularly beneficial for patients who experience discomfort, jaw pain, or difficulty chewing due to a misaligned bite.
Why Consider Occlusal Adjustment?
- Improved Comfort: Properly aligned teeth result in a more comfortable bite and less jaw strain.
- Enhanced Oral Health: A balanced bite reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Reduced Wear: Misaligned bites often lead to uneven wear and tear on your teeth, potentially causing long-term damage.
How Is Occlusal Adjustment Performed?
The procedure is minimally invasive and generally quick. Using specialized tools, the dentist will carefully reshape the surfaces of your teeth involved in the bite. The process may require one or more visits to achieve optimal alignment.
Should You Consider It?
If you’ve been experiencing frequent jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or wear on specific teeth, you may be a candidate for occlusal adjustment. During your consultation at Portal Dental Care, our dental team will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if this treatment is suitable for you.
Much like frenectomy, occlusal adjustment is another avenue through which we strive to improve your oral health and, consequently, your overall quality of life. Consult with us to find out which treatment—or combination of treatments—would be most beneficial for you.