Dundee Family Dentistry | Occlusal Adjustment in Dundee



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Allen R Methven, DDS

Scott P Thomas, DMD

Occlusal Adjustment
AGD Member

Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?

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

An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth.   Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly.  Occlusal adjustment causes minimal pain, and only a little discomfort.  The adjustment is made by using a dental drill with a fine grit adjusting bur.  In addition to the actual adjustment, a removeable mouthguard is also utilized to protect the tooth surfaces, and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustments have been made.  

Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment?  Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not meet correctly.  Patients, who grind or clench their teeth, will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth, which is also corrected through an occlusal adjustment.  Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.

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