Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment in Columbus, OH
Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
What is Occlusal Analysis and Bite Adjustment?
Occlusion is the way your teeth in the upper and lower jaw fit together – your bite. An occlusal analysis is an examination of a patient’s bite; in particular, the areas where opposing teeth contact each other. An occlusal adjustment can be one or more procedures designed to realign the bite so all teeth meet correctly, relieving excess pressure on individual teeth and lessening strain on the jaw joints and bone.
Who Needs an Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment?
When a patient closes his or her mouth, the top teeth and bottom teeth should come together with the entirety of each arch making contact at the same time. If certain teeth meet before the rest, this is called malocclusion. A malocclusion is considered an “imperfect” bite that can cause the serious issues over time if left uncorrected, due to the extra pressure on the teeth that meet first.
Many patients are unaware that one or more of their dental issues are a result of malocclusion. Some of these disorders or symptoms include:
- Bone or gum recession
- Nerve or muscle damage
- Missing teeth
- Chipped, cracked or damaged teeth
- Tooth or jaw bone pain
- Tooth sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
- TMJ temporomandibular joint issues
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Damage to dental restorations
Bite Guards and Other Occlusal Treatments
In addition to in-office occlusal adjustment, your dentist may recommend use of a bite guard, mouth guard or similar device. These devices can help prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) and other damaging oral habits, and can stop patients from clenching their jaw and increasing tension in the joint. Bite guards are also used to protect the teeth during high-impact activities.
A bite guard is specifically made to fit each patient’s smile to ensure a perfectly tailored treatment. This treatment option is recommended for patients of all ages. Our professionally made dental bite guards are created at our dental lab from the impressions taken in our office. We can take digital 3D images or traditional wax impressions to ensure the guards are created exactly to fit your bite, customize them in the lab and then fit them perfectly for maximum comfort.
Bite guards are highly recommended for patients suffering from TMJ issues. A bite guard can help patients keep from grinding their teeth at night, which can help prevent headaches in the morning. In some extreme cases, the periodontist may recommend the patient to wear the bite guard during the daytime when not eating or drinking, to help train the jaw to stay in a relaxed position.
It is important for you to communicate with your dental professional if your bite guard wears or becomes loose fitting over time. This is normal as any slight shift in your bite can cause this issue. We will re-create the bite guards as needed to keep your mouth and jaw correctly positioned.
After Occlusal Analysis / Adjustment
It is entirely normal to have some shifting in your smile over time. Changing in your gum tissue, underlying bone, and even tooth damage or tooth loss can lead to changes in bite, as can remedial treatments such as crowns, bridgework, dentures, or dental implants. Regular monitoring of your bite can help head off issues before they become serious and keep your bite level and comfortable.
We recognize that every patient and their smile issues are unique and require tailored treatments. Our goal is to provide periodontal care that builds a picture of your mouth and regularly updates it as we strive for optimal aesthetics and functionality.
Ask for More Information
If you are interested in more information about occlusal analysis and adjustment at Stoner Periodontic Specialists, give us a call. One of our team members will answer your questions and can schedule you for an evaluation. We recommend customized bite guards for occlusal remediation or TMJ, and can help you achieve optimal comfort and aesthetics with an adjusted bite.