Occlusal/Bite Adjustment

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Having a misaligned bite can be troublesome, but a bite adjustment is one way to correct this issue. Also called an occlusal adjustment, this procedure involves removing that interference to ensure proper alignment. If left untreated, this misalignment can result in unconscious clenching and grinding during your sleep, which can lead to headaches, neck aches, and even cracked teeth. Preventing these symptoms means seeing your dentist right away, and at Taylor Made Smiles, we’re here to provide you with a solution and correct your bite to protect your teeth.

Signs of Misalignment and Their Causes

Having an even distribution of force when speaking or chewing is an important aspect of oral health. Misaligned teeth, bad bites, and crooked teeth can cause the overall alignment of your mouth to become deformed, causing the mouth to click and pop while biting and speaking. Over time, this condition can cause serious complications, including malocclusion, temporomandibular disorder, and bruxism. All of these conditions can interfere with your mouth’s alignment and cause your teeth and gums to weaken, leading to dental fractures, headaches, and constant headaches.

Because our teeth are as unique as us, misaligned teeth are Misaligned teeth can have a variety of causes, including:

  • Genetics: Having misaligned bites or crooked teeth can often be passed down from your family, as genetics often plays a huge component in how your teeth shape over time.
  • Early Baby Tooth Loss: Losing your baby teeth too early can cause your primary teeth to shift, causing the teeth to become overcrowded and lead to misalignment.
  • Wisdom Teeth: For those who haven’t had their wisdom teeth removed, impacted wisdom teeth can impact jaw alignment, causing pain and clicking sounds.
  • Malnutrition & Hygiene: Having a poor diet that doesn’t include vitamins such as vitamin D or calcium can cause crooked teeth. Poor hygiene alongside diet can cause periodontal disease, which causes the teeth to shift, loosen, and even fall out.
  • Mouth Trauma: Any signs of trauma to your mouth can jaw the jaws and teeth to become misaligned.

Diagnosing and Correcting Bite Alignment

One of the most common methods for detecting misalignment is through a marking film placed in between the teeth to see how the teeth relate to one another during movement. Adjustments from there can be made through specialized dental instruments. By adjusting the bite to the correct position, multiple appointments may need to be made to help your bite gradually adjust to its new position. To correct your bite, we use a variety of techniques, including braces, bite splint therapy, and repositioning damaged teeth to reduce pressure built up from the misalignment. Depending on the damage, we may also recommend additional therapies to resolve any issues that come up due to the misalignment.

If you suffer from any symptoms of misaligned bites, call us today to schedule your appointment. Our team is equipped to help locate problems with your teeth and provide you with the best solution possible. With the aid of adjustment, we can eliminate pressure build-up and evenly correct your bite and give you a healthy, pain-free smile.

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