Occlusal Adjustment

What is Occlusal Adjustment?

The dental term “occlusion” refers to the contact between the upper and lower jaws and teeth. An occlusal adjustment is required when your bite is uneven, causing more pressure on one side of your mouth. This causes soreness. An occlusal adjustment can help relieve the pain by balancing the uneven contact between the opposing teeth surfaces.

Specifically, occlusal adjustment refers to the periodontic treatment provided to correct the shape, structure, position and alignment of the teeth to give relief from any discomfort while biting and chewing. This treatment aims to balance and even out the teeth structure and relieve extra pressure and pain on the adjoining gum and bone structures that are subject to physical wear.

When is Occlusal Adjustment Needed?

An occlusal adjustment is needed when dental movement is compromised due to trauma over the teeth surfaces. Trauma from uneven occlusion causes periodontal diseases and shortens the life of dental implants.

Occlusal adjustment corrects the unevenness in the skeletal structure of the mouth. It is an integral part of the orthodontic surgery. Occlusal adjustment is effective to:

  • Correct the alignment of the biting surfaces.
  • Adjust the occlusal pattern before undergoing any restorative dental procedure.
  • Reduce the trauma and stress on the gums and bone structures.
  • Stabilize uneven occlusion of tooth surfaces.
  • Align bite structure and eliminate tooth wear.
  • Maintain occlusal harmony.
  • Minimize excessive pressure on tooth/teeth

Upon the completion of the occlusal adjustment, the reshaped teeth are polished, varnished with fluoride and sealed. The bite improves considerably after the procedure which requires multiple visits to get the perfect result.

Are You a Candidate for Occlusal Adjustment?

If your jaws hurt while biting, teeth feel uneven when they touch or get sore in the morning; you are an ideal candidate for occlusal adjustment. Other signs and symptoms of damaged occlusion include:

  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Habitual clenching and grinding of teeth
  • A headache in the temporal region accompanying grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Uneven bite and pressure dissemination
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain in teeth while biting or eating
  • Damaged dental implants or bridges
  • Periodontal disease
  • Receding bones and gums
  • Worn out, fractured or chipped teeth

If you face any of the above symptoms, consult your dentist for occlusal adjustment.

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Mark J. Fabey D.M.D.

2690 Kingston Rd.
Easton, PA 18045

Phone : 610-810-2704


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