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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.

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.

Occlusal Adjustments and The Use of Bite Guards

Camp Hill Pinhole Surgical Technique DentistWhen you close your mouth your teeth are supposed to come together evenly at the same time, without any teeth touching before another. When your teeth don’t come together evenly, 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, which removes 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. This can result 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. 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

Bite guards can also be useful to protect dental work, decrease symptoms, allow jaw alignment and act as a guide for occlusal adjustments.  In severe case where symptoms of bruxism continue, bite guards are worn even after teeth have been properly reshaped.

If you have any questions or concerns about occlusal adjustments or bite guards, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit wetzelperio.com for additional information regarding occlusal adjustments and bite guards.

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

Occlusal Adjustments| Camp Hill Dentist

515225859When 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.

What is an Occlusal Adjustment? | Camp Hill Dentist

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What is an Occlusal Adjustment? This painless procedure makes corrections to the bite by means of a dental drill using a fine stone, but not at all like the one for drilling out cavities. One of the clear signs you may need an occlusal adjustment is if you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or if you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite. If this sounds familiar to you, then you may need an adjustment.

 

The reason to receive an occlusal adjustment is to correct the alignment of the bite. A bite may be 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.  Your teeth will now meet properly. The process causes only minimal pain, and only a little discomfort. Removable mouthpieces are also utilized to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.

Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not meet correctly are perfect candidates to receive the adjustment. Patients who grind or clench their teeth will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth, which is also corrected through an occlusal adjustment. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment, as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.

Signs you may justify an occlusal adjustment:

  • Loose or shifting teeth: sometimes one sign is increased spacing between the upper front teeth. Occasionally, you may feel that your teeth do not hit correctly.
  • Grinding or clenching of your teeth: this habit (usually stress -related) can cause an unevenly distributed and excessive biting force on several of your teeth and subsequently on the bone support which holds the teeth in your jaw.
  • Headache: may sometimes accompany the grinding or clenching of your teeth. The headache in most of these cases will occur in the temporal regions of your head (lateral to the eyes.
  • Pain: One or more teeth may hurt upon eating or biting down normally. This is usually caused by the eruption of a tooth beyond the normal plane of the bite, such that only one or two teeth contact prematurely.
  • Sensitivity to temperature: Again this is due to the premature contact between one or more teeth. 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.

New technology allows dentists to accurately identify the areas, which need adjustments. The dentist utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. That data allows the dentist to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary, which ensures a well aligned bite and minimal tooth wear.

If you believe that you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment today.

For more information on the occlusal adjustments contact Dr. Wetzel at (717) 761.8611 or visit our website at http://www.wetzelperio.com/

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