When you close your mouth, do your top teeth evenly touch your bottom teeth? Does it feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite down? If this sounds at all familiar to you, then you may need an occlusal adjustment.
An occlusal adjustment is a procedure that is done to correct the alignment of the bite, typically a result of loose, shifting, crowded or missing teeth. Occlusal adjustments usually cause minimal pain and a slight discomfort. The procedure is preformed to remove tiny interferences with a dental drill with a fine filing stone. These interferences can that keep teeth from come together. They can also prevent the jaw from closing into the anatomically correct position.
When the jaw can’t close into its anatomical position the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. If your jaw can’t close properly it can result in severe headaches, neck aches, and tooth aches. Many patients develop bruxism because their jaw seeks a natural position. If left these problems are left untreated some patients may develop TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder.
If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.