Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal Adjustment Smile More for Less!

Mother And DaughterGum disease can cause your gums to bleed and become infected, swollen or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the teeth and a pocket develops. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the bone and cause bone loss. Furthermore, this infection can not only result in losing your teeth, but can also spread to the rest of your body. Periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature births and a slew of other systemic health problems.

Too much pressure on certain teeth can exacerbate periodontal disease causing more mobility of teeth and increasing the pocket where food can get trapped underneath. Relieving the pressure around certain teeth can decrease the mobility around certain teeth. Occlusal trauma such as grinding and clenching can also contribute to periodontal disease. Occlusal guard or night guard may be needed to help reduce the stress around certain teeth. Additional Treatment may need to be done to obtain periodontal health.

The Occlusal Adjustment procedure makes corrections to the bite associated with loose, shifting teeth or teeth that are biting too hard. Balancing and evenly distributing the biting and chewing forces on a tooth reduces the looseness and relieves excessive pressures on the supporting gum and bone structures. This painless procedure makes corrections to the bite by means of a dental drill using a fine stone, not at all like the one for drilling out cavities.

Some signs that an occlusal adjustment may be required include:

  • Loose or shifting teeth: sometimes one sign is increased spacing between the upper front teeth. Occasionally, you may feel that your teeth do not hit correctly.
  • Grinding or clenching of your teeth: this habit (usually stress -related) can cause an unevenly distributed and excessive biting force on several of your teeth and subsequently on the bone support which holds the teeth in your jaw.
  • Headache may sometimes accompany the grinding or clenching of your teeth. The headache in most of these cases will occur in the temporal regions of your head (lateral to the eyes).
  • Pain: One or more teeth may hurt upon eating or biting down normally. This is usually caused by the eruption of a tooth beyond the normal plane of the bite, such that only one or two teeth contact prematurely.
  • Sensitivity to temperature (sometimes hot, but mostly cold). Again this is due to the premature contact between one or more teeth. With the knowledge that one can bite with a force of up to 200 pounds per square inch, the nerve within the tooth gets irritated and hypersensitive.

Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed and become infected, swollen or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the teeth and a pocket develops. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the bone and cause bone loss. Furthermore, this infection can not only result in losing your teeth, but can also spread to the rest of your body. Periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature births and a slew of other systemic health problems.

Too much pressure on certain teeth can exacerbate periodontal disease causing more mobility of teeth and increasing the pocket where food can get trapped underneath. Relieving the pressure around certain teeth can decrease the mobility around certain teeth. Occlusal trauma such as grinding and clenching can also contribute to periodontal disease. Occlusal guard or night guard may be needed to help reduce the stress around certain teeth. Additional Treatment may need to be done to obtain periodontal health.

Call us now 516-348-8500 it will be our pleasure to answer any questions or concerns.


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