If you have an “off-bite” or jaw soreness, you may need an occlusal and bite adjustment in New York, New York. Our periodontists can examine your mouth and appliance to see if wear and tear could be contributing. For an appointment with Drs. Daniel and Daria Royzman, please call 212-759-7763. We hope to see you, soon at D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C..
When you close your teeth together they should all bite evenly and at the same time, ideally without any tooth touching before the others. If you don’t have an even bite this can place additional stress on your teeth, the bone supporting them and even your jaw joints and facial muscles. This problem can be worsened by any ongoing bruxism or clenching and grinding and teeth do naturally shift position with age. Very few people have what can be called a perfect bite, but a bite that is only slightly off can still be considered to be healthy. Your bite will be considered to be unhealthy or destructive if you have any signs of tooth wear and tear, jaw joint damage or even tooth mobility.
Signs That Justify Bite Adjustment Procedure
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity due to the tooth enamel becoming worn down
- Gum recession where you may notice your teeth look longer than before
- Your teeth may become loose or will shift position
- Any periodontal disease may worsen
- If you have any dental restorations such as dental implants or bridges, an uneven bite may damage them
- You may notice your facial muscles are sore, that you have more frequent headaches, particularly when you wake up, or that you feel pain when you open or close your jaw
If you have any of these problems then it’s worth contacting us for a proper diagnosis. We can adjust your bite so that it can function properly without causing any further damage or destruction. Often a bite that is only slightly out of position can be adjusted through carefully reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth. We will eliminate any high spots where some teeth might bite together before the rest of your teeth. This helps eliminate any excessive pressure and ensures the teeth come into contact more evenly. If the problem is due to worn or fractured teeth, then we will recommend they are repaired to reduce this problem. We can also treat any active signs of gum disease and signs of gum recession through using the most up-to-date surgical treatments to help repair the damage and replace any lost tissues. If the problem is due to untreated tooth grinding, then we will recommend the use of a nightguard or mouth splint that helps protect the teeth during sleep when this habit generally occurs.