Do you wake up with a sore jaw, or experience jaw pain when you bite and chew? If so, you may need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite. Common symptoms that signal the possible need for an occlusal adjustment include:
These are indications that your bite may be off balance or misaligned. Your bite alignment may be off due to factors such as:
Our skilled periodontist can perform the occlusal adjustment by removing any interference in your bite that causes an uneven bite, which in turn causes pain. In most cases, we simply need to make small shaping changes in the tooth enamel (the hard, outer layer of the tooth) to achieve a more ideal bite. As the adjustments are minor and the tooth enamel has no feeling, the procedure is very comfortable and typically does not require an anesthetic. If you are experiencing jaw pain, we encourage you to contact our office today to learn more, and to set up your next appointment with our team.