Bite Adjustment

Bite alignment issues can evolve into a whole range of problems. After the problem areas are identified, Dr. Malek can restore proper pressure and contacts to your biting surfaces through various bite adjustment procedures. These bite adjustments can help with TMJ, headaches, excessively worn teeth, and more.

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Occlusal Adjustment Procedure

A bad bite can cause excessive tooth wear, TMJ, looseness, or other issues. When malocclusion occurs, an Occlusal Adjustment (Bite Adjustment) can eliminate these issues. This therapy can take a variety of approaches to correcting the pressure and alignment of your teeth and their contacts. Some possible corrections could involve the surface of your teeth, their position, and the reshaping of key strike areas.

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Bite Adjustments at Malek Periodontics

Correcting Malocclusion

What to expect:

  • Correcting the evenness of the bite by reshaping individual tooth surfaces. This will look at the points where teeth contact each other, and redistribute the pressure.
  • Using custom-designed bite splints to keep the teeth apart.
  • Installing braces to move teeth back into the correct position.
  • Replacing fillings that are old, damaged, or worn down.
  • Reconstructing teeth that are broken or worn.

Side Effects of Malocclusion

A bad bite can create extra wear on teeth, cause muscle pain and discomfort, produce tooth sensitivity, and even chipped and fractured teeth. Over time, the effects can increase.

Signs and Symptoms

If you’re experiencing pain when chewing, lasting jaw pain, chronic headaches, or tooth sensitivity, it may be because of a bad bite. Dr. Malek’s examination will look for worn surfaces and additional signs of malocclusion.

FAQ On Bite Adjustments

What is a bite adjustment?

Bite adjustment uses various procedures to restore the correct pressure, placement, and alignment to your bite. Dr. Malek will look at crucial strike areas, and determine if procedures such as reshaping teeth, braces, or tooth reconstruction will eliminate the problem.

Does bite adjustment hurt?

There are several different ways to address problems with a bad bite. Regardless of the type of procedure Dr. Malek uses, you can rest assured that it will to minimize discomfort and stress as much as possible. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about specific procedures.

How do you realign a bite?

As a bad bite can develop from drifting teeth, worn surfaces, or even old fillings, Dr. Malek may decide to use braces, tooth reconstruction, or many other procedures to realign your teeth and redistribute pressure. After a thorough initial examination, she will go over the options with you.

How do you know if a bite is too high?

A misaligned or high bite can manifest in many ways. You may be experiencing problems with head or jaw aches, TMJ, or tooth sensitivity.

How Can Dr. Malek Help With Your Bite Adjustment?

Contact Malek Periodontics today to schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthy smile, healthy life.