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 this is done, your teeth will meet properly. With an occlusal adjustment it may cause minimal pain, and only a little discomfort. The adjustment is performed by using a fine filing stone on a dental drill. In addition to the actual adjustment, removal mouthpieces are also utilized, to protect the tooth surface, and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
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; this is also corrected through an occlusal adjustment. Occasionally a sensitive tooth can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the tooth.
Dr. Krueger utilizes new technology allows him to accurately identify the areas, which need adjustments. The dentist utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. That data allows the dentist to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary, which ensures a well aligned bite and minimal tooth wear. If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krueger.