What is occlusion?

Occlusion is the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Your bite should be matched with your teeth in such a way that no single tooth bears excessive pressure. A misaligned bite, or improper occlusion, can lead to several problems, including temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD.

What is bite therapy?

Bite therapy would be a collection of procedures or solutions which can be combined to meet the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Adatrow will assess your oral health condition and recommend you occlusal adjustment, periodontal treatment, mouth guards, tooth splinting, or full mouth restoration.

How is bite therapy performed?

Bite therapy includes one or more of the following procedures –
Bite Adjustment (Occlusal Adjustment) –
This includes reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth to remove unnecessary friction as the teeth come into contact.
Splinting Teeth Together – Teeth may be splinted together with a tooth-colored bonding material. This helps prevent mobile teeth from moving around and aids with the recovery of periodontal therapy.
Braces (Orthodontics) – Braces help in repositioning mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
Replace - Replacing old, worn, or damaged fillings, crowns, etc. can help in correcting the bite.
Smile Makeover - Reconstruction of damaged and worn-out teeth with crowns and bridges may help. This may require dental implants.

What are the benefits of bite therapy?

• Realigns your upper and lower arches
• Establishes better harmony between teeth
• Reduces temporomandibular joint pain
• Reduces headache, neck and shoulder pain
• Avoids damage to teeth, gums, and underlying bones
• Better chewing efficiency

How do I know when my bite has become destructive?

You will know you have a destructive bite when your teeth start exhibiting wearing, looseness, spacing (the gap between teeth) or moving (called bite collapse), and/or pain in your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint).

What is a destructive bite?

When the relationship of your upper and lower teeth is compromising the health of your teeth then your bite is known to be destructive. Bruxism (grinding of teeth) and jaw clenching are two common forms of bite patterns that can damage your teeth. Grinding your teeth will pull down your enamel and change the shape of your teeth. Clenching allows too much pressure to build up by gripping the teeth, which may lead to a fractured or broken tooth.

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