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Occlusal Adjustment Issues Can Lead to Serious Dental Problems

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Symptoms of Misalignment

Interferences can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into it’s anatomically correct position which can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Neck Aches
  • Tooth Pain
  • Bruxism or Teeth Grinding – Which can cause loss of tooth structure and receding gums.
  • TMJ

How Is My Bite Fixed?

Dr. Walsh will have you bite on a very thin piece of mylar paper. The mylar paper transfers color to the areas where contact occurs.
He will then smooth the area where the marks have been left by removing just enough of the tooth or restoration until the teeth meet together in a proper position.

Occlusal Adjustment in Berwyn & Westmont, IL

Occlusal, or bite, adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly. These interferences can prevent the jaw from closing in its anatomically correct position. Interferences can occur as teeth develop, following an injury, or they can accumulate over time with wear. Dental treatment such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions can also cause interferences.

Interferences can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position. This means that the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. This may result in severe headaches, neck aches, and tooth pain. Many patients may develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, as their jaw seeks its natural position. Bruxism can cause loss of tooth structure and receding gums. It may also necessitate the need for dental treatment if the teeth are affected severely enough. Over time, patients may develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues if interferences go untreated.

How can I know if my bite is “off?”

During your examination, your doctor will examine your jaw closely and evaluate for signs that your bite may be off. Some signs include uneven closing of the jaw on both sides, popping or clicking noises upon opening or closing, wear facets in areas where the enamel has been ground away, or fractured teeth. Chronic symptoms of bruxism, such as headaches, neck aches, or jaw pain, are also clues that the bite may be off.

How is my bite fixed?

Before the procedure begins, the doctor will have you bite on a very thin piece of mylar paper. The mylar paper transfers color to the areas where contact occurs. The doctor will then smooth the area where the marks have been left by removing just enough of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference. This process will be done on all areas where the mylar paper left color on the tooth until the teeth meet together in a proper position.If you have excess gum tissue that is affecting the appearance of your smile, periodontal plastic surgery can help. To determine if you are a good candidate for crown lengthening in Westmont, IL, set up your consultation today!

Our highly skilled team has served Berwyn and Westmont for many years. Our patients visit our office from Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Cicero, Stickney, Chicago, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Oakbrook, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and Maywood as well as additional areas. We hope that we will be able to provide the same service and quality to you. Contact us at 708.813.2636 (Berwyn office) or 630.487.5311 (Westmont office) to schedule your periodontal exam.