Occlusal Therapy / Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment
It is destructive when teeth show extreme wear, looseness or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Occlusal therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction.
The therapy may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
- Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, day, night or both.
- Braces to reposition the mal-alignment of drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
- Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.
An occlusal adjustment is considered necessary when re-establishment of a balanced bite (more even distribution of bite pressure) is warranted. This balance can help to preserve the natural dentition from excessive wear and help in the management of periodontal disease.