Rockwall & Paris, Texas
The ways in which the teeth in your lower and upper jaw fit together is your occlusion. If you have a proper fitting occlusion, every time you close your mouth, the teeth in each arch in your top and bottom should make contact at the exact same time. Ideally, the teeth in your upper jaw should slightly overlap the teeth in your lower jaw, and none of your teeth should be twisted or rotated. If some of your teeth make contact at different times, do not overlap as described, or are twisted or rotated, you have may have what is called a “malocclusion”, which means your bite deviates from an ideal occlusion.
Malocclusion can cause a range of issues to develop, some of the most common being:
- Bone or gum recession
- TMJ syndromes and disorder
- Damage to nerves or muscles
- Damage to dental restorations
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Tooth/teeth loss
- Tooth pain
- Jawbone pain
Fortunately, malocclusion and issues associated with it can often be corrected with an occlusal/bite adjustment, which will relieve your teeth of excess pressure and reduce strain on the jaw joints and bone. To learn more about occlusal/bite adjustment or other services offered in our office, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for occlusal/bite adjustment, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.
Causes of Malocclusion
Although malocclusion is typically a condition that is how the jaws and teeth develop and grow into adulthood, certain habits or conditions can cause the structure and shape of the jaw to change, such as the following:
- Cleft lip
- Children who continue using a pacifier past the age of three
- Extended bottle feeding
- Children who suck on their thumbs into early childhood
- Trauma that causes jaw or teeth misalignment
- Jaw and/or mouth tumors
- Impacted or abnormally shaped teeth
- Poor oral hygiene habits that results in braces, crowns, or fillings to fit improperly
- Airway obstruction
Adjustment & Procedure
We will determine whether an occlusal/bite adjustment is necessary by performing a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your malocclusion and determine available treatment options. This evaluation may include taking 3D images using a dental CT (cone beam CT) scanner, which produces high-quality 3-D images of your bone, nerve pathways, soft tissues and teeth in one single scan and will allow for more precise treatment planning. Following this examination, we will share our findings with you, explain available treatment options, offer our opinion on the best path forward, and answer any questions you may have, then schedule a follow up appointment, as needed.
Before we begin the occlusal/bite adjustment procedure, we will sometimes administer a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any discomfort. Once you are numbed and comfortable, the procedure will begin. Quite often though the bite adjustments are so slight and noninvasive that this procedure can often be performed with no anesthetic at all.
If the underlying cause of your malocclusion is due to uneven surfaces on your teeth, it may be possible to correct this issue by simply reshaping the uneven surfaces and testing your bite after the uneven surface is reshaped. Once your occlusion is satisfactory, the procedure will be complete. Your occlusal adjustment may also involve repairing broken, cracked, or chipped teeth or replacing old dental fillings. New dental fillings may also be placed to reshape chipped teeth, and dental crowns can give your tooth more depth, which may correct your bite. For more serious cases of malocclusion, orthodontic treatment such may be recommended. Wearing a night guard while sleeping may also be recommended to prevent further damage to your teeth to stop the continued wear they are subjected to if you might be clenching or grinding your teeth at night.
Benefits of Procedure
Following your occlusal/bite adjustment procedure, you can begin to enjoy the benefits of improved oral health and experience greater comfort, due to the fact that you will no longer experience pain that developed due to the malocclusion. If malocclusion was the underlying cause of your bruxism, this may also be corrected following the procedure, though it may still be recommended that you wear a night guard while sleeping. Additionally, because the amount of force you will use to eat on a daily basis will decrease, you will cause less wear on your teeth that would otherwise become damaged over time.
The cost of your occlusal adjustment will depend primarily on the severity of your case, whether additional procedures are necessary, and how many appointments are required. For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.