Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?

Do you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite? If so, then you may need an occlusal adjustment.

An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, and will result in an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. This procedure causes minimal pain, and only a little discomfort. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill. In addition to the actual adjustment, removal mouthpieces are also used to protect the tooth surface, and to relax the jaw muscles once.

Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not get the help needed, and patients, who grind or clench their teeth, will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth. Sometimes, tooth sensitivity can be fixed through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment will reduce pressure on the sensitive tooth.

With new technology, dentists can accurately identify the areas that need adjustments. The dentist will utilize a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes irregularity. With this data, the dentist will make the adjustments that are absolutely necessary.

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