What is an Occlusal Adjustment?

An occlusal adjustment is done when you are having issues biting down in alignment. This can cause pain to one or more areas of the mouth, as well as prevent you from being able to eat normally. Malocclusion can also be frustrating because you may feel your smile is “off” and your bite does not close properly.

Why would an Occlusal Adjustment be needed?

Many things can interfere with your ability to bite down comfortably. Whether it is the fillings, crowns or bridgework you have in your mouth, or you are just having issues with biting down in alignment, you may find that malocclusion causes issues with pain, sensitivity and discomfort. This is why an occlusal adjustment is recommended if you want a more uniform bite.

What Might Cause Issues with Malocclusion?

Some of the main reasons you would have issues with malocclusion include:

  • Uneven fillings
  • Crowns and bridgework that have shifted
  • Uneven teeth that do not bite down correctly
  • Areas where extractions have been done or teeth are missing

What to Expect with an Occlusal Adjustment?

The procedure for occlusal adjustment is done easily and relatively quickly in the office. A thin piece of paper covered in a colored powder is used to check for signs of malocclusion. In areas where the paper is able to hit and transfer its powder, the dentist will file the area down for a more comfortable bite.

If you are interested in an occlusal adjustment, contact us today!

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