Do you wake up with a sore jaw or experience jaw pain when you bite and chew? If so, you may need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite. Common symptoms that signal the possible need for an occlusal adjustment include:
These are indications that your bite may be off balance or misaligned. Your bite alignment may be off due to factors such as:
Our skilled dentist can perform the occlusal adjustment by removing any interference that causes an uneven bite, which in turn causes pain. In most cases, we simply need to make small shaping changes in the tooth enamel (the hard, outer layer of the tooth) to achieve a more ideal bite. As the adjustments are minor and the tooth enamel has no feeling, the procedure is very comfortable and typically does not require an anesthetic.
It may be necessary to rehabilitate the occlusion with fillings, which fill open contacts or crowns to reshape rotated teeth that may interfere with tongue function, hygiene, chewing and swallowing. Also, poorly eroded teeth from a number of causes — which may include, but are not limited, to acid reflux — fall into this category. After a thorough evaluation, options will be presented and together, the best chosen for your needs.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, we encourage you to contact our office today to learn more, and to set up your next appointment with our team.