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, leaving you with evenly an distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly.
Dr. Gambino utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. The adjustment is made using a dental drill with a fine filing stone. Removal mouthpieces are utilized to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment? Patients with loose or shifting teeth, patients who grind or clench their teeth and sometimes patients with tooth sensitivity, which can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.