Occlusal adjustment, also known as bite adjustment, is a procedure in which tiny interferences with jaw movement are removed. This is performed to help the jaw close properly and avoid complications such as headaches, tooth pain, and bruxism. To learn more about occlusal adjustment in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. David Goldberg today!
Why is bite adjustment necessary?
Bite interferences can prevent the jaw from closing correctly which means the jaw and neck muscles are never fully relaxed. As a result, severe headaches, neck aches, and tooth pain may result. Many patients also develop teeth grinding habits as their jaw tries to move into its correct position. This increases the risk of damaging teeth and gum tissue. If a bite adjustment is not provided early enough, patients may develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders over time.
How do I know if I have bite interference?
Bite interferences can arise after an injury or as a result of chronic wear and tear. In some cases, restorations such as fillings, crowns, and bridges can also cause interference.
During regular examinations, Dr. Goldberg will examine your bite, or the way in which your teeth fit together. You may also notice some symptoms such as uneven closing when the teeth come together, clicking or popping noises, and worn down or fractured teeth. Other symptoms such as bruxism or pain in the head, neck, or jaw may also signal a need for a bite adjustment.
How is a bite adjustment performed?
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Goldberg will ask you to bite on a piece of mylar paper so we can determine the areas where teeth make contact. The mylar will leave a small amount of color on these teeth. Then, Dr. Goldberg will smooth these areas just enough to eliminate the interference. This is done until the jaw is able to close properly.
If you have pain upon biting, you may need a bite adjustment. To learn more about occlusal adjustment in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. Goldberg and schedule your consultation today!