How Do I Know if I Need an Occlusal Adjustment?
Dr. Gentner has undergone training at the Dawson Academy, a distinctive training facility for dentists focusing on dental occlusion, TMJ issues, and complete esthetic restorative dentistry. Be sure to inform Dr. Gentner of any chronic pain such as headaches, neck aches, or jaw pain as these are also signs of a possible misaligned bite. Occlusal adjustment is a quick and painless way to help relieve some of the symptoms of TMJ or bruxism and can typically be performed in one office visit!
Symptoms Of A Misaligned Bite
“Clicking” & “popping” noises when opening your mouth
Wear patterns on the enamel of your teeth
Fractured or cracked teeth
Fixing Your Bite With an Occlusal Adjustment
An occlusal adjustment is a painless procedure. Dr. Gentner will have you bite down on a colored strip of paper. The color is transferred to the areas of your teeth that are receiving the highest unnatural forces, and Dr. Gentner will smooth the colored area on the tooth or restoration just enough to remove the interference. This process is repeated until all areas meet together properly. Dr. Amy Gentner’s unique training from The Dawson Academy make her an ideal dentist to diagnose and treat your misaligned bite.
The Problem With a Misaligned Bite
If you suffer with seemingly undiagnosed dental pain and other oral issues, you could be feeling the effects of a misaligned bite. It might not sound serious but when your jaw is prevented from moving into its correct anatomical position, it can cause the following problems:
- Tooth Pain
- Chronic Headaches
- Neck Aches
- TMJ or Bruxism
- Tooth Fracture
- Wearing Down of Teeth