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Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal Adjustment Services: Give Your Teeth A Biting Chance

At Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of all our patients, through innovative dental health solutions. We are proud to be among the few dental facilities that provide comprehensive occlusal adjustment services in the Houston area.

Our team uses the latest technologies and equipment to carry out different dental procedures. Coupled with years of experience in dental care, you can be sure of professional dental services. Among the services we offer is occlusal adjustment. This procedure transforms our patients’ lives by eliminating painful conditions such as bruxism and TMD. 

What Is Occlusal Adjustment?

Occlusal adjustment is a dental procedure that involves modifying the biting surface of the teeth. The procedure is usually recommended for patients that have teeth grinding conditions, such as TMJ or bruxism. 

While this is a minor dental procedure, it must be done carefully as it’s not reversible. After an occlusal adjustment, patients have a better experience while chewing or biting due to improved morphological function of the affected teeth surfaces. 

Contrary to popular belief, an occlusal adjustment has nothing to with cosmetics or aesthetic enhancement of the teeth. Instead, it is a serious medical procedure that must be done after a comprehensive oral diagnostic examination by a qualified dental expert. 

Do You Need an Occlusal Adjustment?

Not everyone that experiences trouble when chewing requires an occlusal adjustment. While chewing and biting problems are some of the symptoms exhibited by such patients, they cannot be relied upon to make the final decision. 

At Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dental professionals carry out a thorough examination to determine whether patients are prime candidates for occlusal adjustment services. 

You may require an occlusal adjustment if you experience any of the following dental conditions:

  • Irregular or uneven pressure on either side of your mouth
  • Crowded or shifting teeth that grind against each other while chewing food
  • Grinding teeth while lying down or asleep
  • Loose or misaligned teeth
  • Chipped/fractured teeth, which may have been as a result of chewing or biting foreign objects in food, such as pebbles and bones
  • Trouble chewing or biting some food items, i.e., having a blunt biting surface

Bruxism, one of the conditions that might come as a result of improper occlusal, also causes eating disorders, earaches, migraines or headaches, depression, and anxiety.

If you experience or have any of the above symptoms, please visit us for a physical examination. Our team will assess the condition of your teeth and provide a proper diagnosis that may or may not necessitate an occlusal adjustment. 

How We Carry Out Diagnosis

Here is what you should expect during routine diagnostics to find out whether you need occlusal adjustment services:

  • Bite Contact. We observe your bite contact to get a full picture of your teeth’s morphology.
  • Question Session. Our dental professionals may ask you a few questions to identify symptoms that indicate a damaged or corroded bite surface. Some patients report grinding teeth while they are asleep while others experience sore jaws when they wake up in the morning.
  • Computer Imaging/Scanning. We use advanced dental imaging devices to map your dental structure and identify damaged, misaligned, or missing pieces.

Why You Need Proper Occlusal 

“Occlusal” is a term used to describe how the teeth move or join while biting, chewing, or just resting in your jaws together. Proper occlusal is not only necessary for chewing and biting but for comfort and good oral cavity health.

It’s important to get your teeth bite surface routinely checked to maintain proper occlusal. Some of the intrusive procedures required in an occlusal adjustment, such as dental drilling, can be avoided with an early diagnosis of occlusal problems during routine checkups.

 Also, keep in mind that untreated improper occlusal might cause loosening of teeth and a weakened jawbone. 

How We Help Patients with Occlusal Conditions

Before going for a full occlusal adjustment procedure, our dental team will evaluate your overall dental status to try and identify the root cause of your condition. This normally involves checking your teeth for systemic problems such as corrosion, shifting/misalignment, missing teeth, implants, among others.

We’ll only suggest comprehensive occlusal adjustment if we are confident that you require one. If you choose to have the procedure, we will help you prepare for it and schedule it at your convenience. 

At Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we take pride in helping patients regain proper occlusal using advanced dental procedures and modern tools. 

How Are Occlusal Adjustments Done?

The specific procedure might vary from patient to patient, depending on the status of their teeth or implants. 

Some patients only require adjustment if they have an alignment issue with the teeth. On the other hand, some patients would need drilling using our state-of-the-art dental drilling equipment or dental filling stone. 

As a protective measure, we provide our patients with a mouthpiece to protect the affected biting surface after the procedure. We cover all the bases!

Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics also offers patients other dental devices, such as braces, if their condition is severe and requires prolonged restorative therapy. Acrylic nightguards can be prescribed for patients dealing with severe nighttime grinding or clenching of teeth, also known as bruxism. 

Are Occlusal Adjustments Painless or Safe?

An occlusal adjustment is a minor procedure that does not require sedation or anesthesia. You might experience minor aches immediately after the procedure. However, any post-procedure pain dissipates within a short period if you’ll follow the instructions we’ll give you during discharge.

Occlusal adjustments are safe and approved by the American Dental Association, and other regulatory bodies. A lot of research has gone into the diagnosis and treatment of occlusal related disorders, such as bruxism. This has led to continued improvement of some of the procedures and development of innovative medical equipment that we use at Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics.

That said, it is important to have a proper examination and diagnosis done before you get an occlusal adjustment. Some intrusive occlusal adjustment procedures, such as drilling, are not reversible. For this reason, it is critical to have the procedure done by a qualified orthodontist.

For Patients with Implants

Patients using fillers or implants often need routine checks and readjustments to maintain proper occlusal and prevent the occurrence of serious conditions such as TMD or bruxism. We not only help in replacing or installing teeth implants and fillers, but also carry out routine occlusal adjustments on the implants as well.

Portal Cypress Family Dentistry and Orthodontics has highly trained and experienced dental experts. We help patients dealing with all manner of dental conditions. Talk to us today to give your teeth a painless biting chance!

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