Bite adjustment is similar to a mouth guard in that it is an attempt to give a person a bite which inherently reduces force. Just as a mouth guard reduces force on teeth by positioning the lower jaw properly when biting and also by guiding the lower jaw in movement, a bite adjustment accomplishes the same thing but in a permanent way, not being removable like a mouth guard. It involves precise and minimal adjusting away of the outer coating of the tooth (enamel) to re-shape the tooth to idealize the bite. Go here to find out more about bite adjustment.
Medical terms that can be useful when you are doing Bite Adjustment
“Occlusion” is the dental term we use to describe the way your upper and lower jaw fit together. Your mouth can occlude when chewing or resting, and if your bite is not connecting properly, we call it “occlusal disease” or “malocclusion.” A simpler term, of course, is to call it a “bad bite.”When Should You Go for Bite Adjustment?
- When you feel loose or shifting teeth or the spacing between your upper front teeth
- When you clench or grind your teeth often. This reduces the bone support to the teeth
and can cause teeth to shift, thereby causing a problem with your bite.
- Headache at the temporal regions.
- Experiencing pain while eating or when the upper teeth and lower teeth come in contact.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperature.
- Hypersensitivity or irritation in the nerve within the tooth.
Correcting the Problem With “Bite Adjustment”
- An abnormal bite can put you at high risk of eventually stressing out your jaw
until you develop TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), a painful condition
that makes it difficult to talk or chew.
- Misaligned teeth tend to create extra pockets where food particles, plaque, and
bacteria can fester. This can lead to cavities forming and can also cause gum
Gum disease can involve sore, bleeding, inflamed gums, and in extreme
cases, results in oral infections and tooth loss.
- A poor bite will wear down enamel off the crowns of your teeth and overstress
teeth, making them sore or even loose. It may also cause teeth to crack. And even
mild cases will lead to teeth being over-sensitive to heat, cold, and certain foods.
- If you have dentures, a “bad bite” can cause them to wear against your alveolar
ridge, which results in sores and, eventually, in your dentures no longer fitting
Bridges, dental crowns, or other dental appliances in your mouth can
also be ill-affected by a bad bite.
Types of Bite Adjustment Procedures
How can a dentist or periodontist adjust you bite? That depends on what the underlying
Here are some of the main procedures that are available :
- For a filling or crown that is too high, your dentist can simply adjust the original
Sometimes just after getting a filling/crown, when the dentist asks you to
bite down and tell him if your bite feels normal, it is hard to tell due to the
numbness from a local anaesthetic. But whatever the cause, your dentist can
simply re-do the crown or filling to solve the problem.
- Tooth reshaping can be done where your teeth are misaligned due to heredity
(or another cause). By lightly, carefully re-shaping the top surfaces of your teeth,
an evenly distributed bite pressure can be achieved.
- Bite splints, or “mouth guards,” are plastic devices you can wear at night or
during the day to keep your bite even and to keep you from clenching or
grinding your teeth.
- If many teeth in your mouth are misaligned, you may need bite adjustment via
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