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Your Bite May Need Adjusting | Camp Hill Dentist

Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw? Does it feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite? If this sounds familiar to you, then you may need an occlusal adjustment.

An occlusal adjustment is a procedure done to correct the alignment of the bite that may have been misaligned due to loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. Once the adjustment is made, the result will be an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. Removable mouthpieces will protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.

Signs you may justify an occlusal adjustment:

Loose or shifting teeth. One of the more common signs is increased spacing between the upper front teeth, making is difficult for your teeth to hit correctly.

Grinding or clenching teeth. This generally stress-related habit can cause an unevenly distributed and excessive biting force on several of your teeth and bone support holding your teeth to your jaw.

Headache. Headaches may sometimes accompany the grinding or clenching of your teeth and will occur in the temporal regions of your head, which is located lateral to the eyes.

Pain. One or more teeth may hurt upon eating or biting down due to the eruption of a tooth beyond the normal plane of the bite, causing one or two teeth to prematurely connect.

Tooth sensitivity. With the knowledge that one can bite with a force of up to 200 pounds per square inch, the nerve within the tooth gets irritated and hypersensitive.

If you’d like to find out more about occlusal adjustment, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental hygiene.

Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York,Carlisle and all surrounding areas.

What You Need to Know About Occlusal Adjustments | Camp Hill Dentist

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When you close your mouth, your teeth are supposed to come together evenly. When they don’t, it causes excess stress on your teeth, jawbone, jaw joints and muscles. Bruxism, which involves you clenching grinding your teeth, can magnify the problem.

Fortunately, an occlusal adjustment can help correct this problem. An occlusal adjustment is done to help correct the alignment of your bite. The procedure involves reshaping your teeth with a dental drill, removing interferences. These interferences can keep your teeth from coming together, and can also prevent your jaw from automatically closing into the correct position. When your jaw isn’t able to close into its anatomical position, the muscles in your jaw and neck are never able to fully relax, resulting in headaches, neck aches and toothaches. Many patients also develop bruxism because their jaw is seeking the correct bite alignment. Bite guards can help patients with bruxism by protecting their teeth and TMJ (jaw joint).

Bite guards, also called occlusal guards, are important for people that grind their teeth at night. Bite guards can also be useful to protect dental work, decrease symptoms, allow jaw alignment and act as a guide for occlusal adjustments. Patients that grind and clench their teeth may cause:

  • Wear, fractures or chipping of teeth
  • Bone and gum recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Damage to dental bridges or dental implants
  • Sensitive areas on teeth or gums
  • Worsening of gum disease
  • Sore muscles, headaches and noises when opening or closing your mouth

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle and all surrounding areas.

Wake Up with Headaches No More | Camp Hill Dentist

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It is never fun to wake up with a headache, and a lot of times, grinding your teeth while you sleep is a common occurrence. You visit the dentist and now you have a mouth guard to wear while you sleep to help prevent your headaches.

For those that don’t know, a night guard is a mouthpiece that is custom fitted to your mouth to help a myriad of dental problems, such as help relieve the systems of TMJ or bruxism. Now when it comes to getting used to your new night guard, you should follow the following instructions:

First off, ask your dentist to start out with a thin night guard, since it’ll take up less bulk in your mouth and will be easier to get used to. They can fabricate both an upper and lower night guard to see which one you find more comfortable. In many cases, it’s merely a function of whether it’s an upper or lower that determines one’s comfort and acceptance of the dental device.

Put your night guard in right before you go to bed to lessen the chances that you’ll find it bothersome. Hang in there for at least 30 days so that you can get used to the night guard. If you use it a few hours here and there, it’s not going to work.

Considering that a night guard doesn’t fix the dental problem, getting to the bottom of why you are grinding or clenching will provide the best results in the long run because wearing a night guard won’t do anything but protect your teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about night guards, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.

When Your Teeth Don’t Line Up Correctly | Camp Hill Dentist

515225859When your teeth don’t come together evenly, it causes excess stress on your teeth, jawbone, jaw joints and muscles. This can result in headaches, neck aches and toothaches. When your jaw isn’t able to close into its anatomical position, the muscles in your jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. Bite guards, or occlusal guards, can help patients with bruxism by protecting their teeth and TMJ (jaw joint). If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you may need to see your dentist. They have a few ways to help.

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. The procedure is performed to remove interferences with a fine stone dental drill. These interferences keep teeth from coming together & jaws from closing.

Another option to this affliction is the use of a bite guards for those that grind their teeth at night. Bite guards can also be useful to protect dental work, decrease symptoms, allow jaw alignment and act as a guide for occlusal adjustments. It is also particularly important because patients that grind and clench their teeth may cause:

  • Wear, fractures or chipping of teeth
  • Bone and gum recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Damage to dental bridges or dental implants
  • Sensitive areas on teeth or gums
  • Worsening of gum disease
  • Sore muscles, headaches and noises when opening or closing your mouth

If you’re interested in learning more about occlusal afflictions, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.

How To Adjust To Your New Night Guard

 Night guardSo, you’ve recently gotten a mouth guard and are curious if there are any ways to help adjust to this bulk dental device. It may be the bulkiness of the night guard that bothers you or it may even give you a gag reflex. In either case, there are ways to help adjust to your new night guard.

What is a night guard?

For those that don’t know, a night guard is a mouthpiece that is custom fitted to your mouth. Mouth guards help a myriad of dental problems, such as help relieve the systems of TMJ or bruxism.  They’re typically made out of a hard or soft plastic. Now when it comes to getting used to your new night guard, you should follow the following instructions:

Adjusting to Sleeping with a Night Guard

  • First off, ask your dentist to start out with a thin night guard, since it’ll take up less bulk in your mouth and will be easier to get used to.
  • Have your family dentist fabricate both an upper and lower night guard to see which one you find more comfortable. Just wear one or the other to see which one you are more comfortable with, then move on to getting a thicker one fabricated after you adjust to its feeling. In many cases, it’s merely a function of whether it’s an upper or lower that determines one’s comfort and acceptance of the dental device.
  • Put your night guard in right before you go to bed to lessen the chances that you’ll find it bothersome. Many people tend to fall asleep within five minutes.
  • Hang in there for at least 30 days so that you can get used to the night guard. After that, you should’ve created a habit and will be used to wearing your night guard. If you use it a few hours here and there inconsistently, it’s not going to work.

Considering that a night guard is only essentially a Band-Aid for bruxism, it doesn’t fix the dental problem. Getting to the bottom of why you are grinding or clenching will provide the best results in the long run because wearing a night guard won’t do anything but protect your teeth. It will not do anything for your muscles and jaw joints from working overtime.

If you feel that you may benefit from a night guard, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for additional information regarding night guards.

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.