Occlusal Adjustment to Correct Jaw Misalignment in Red Bank, NJ
Occlusal, or bite, adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly. Jaw misalignment can be caused as teeth develop, from an accident that damages the jawbone, or can accumulate over time with wear. Dental work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions can also cause your jaw to become misaligned.The misalignment can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position. This means that the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. This may result in severe headaches and neck aches. Many patients develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, as their jaw seeks its natural position. Bruxism can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums. Overtime, patients may develop tempromandibular joint issues, or TMJ, if left untreated.
Our dental team of Dr. Allan Ruda and Beth DeAngelis will examine your jaw closely and may notice symptoms that your bite may be off. Some symptoms include if the jaw does not open evenly on both sides, if the jaw makes a clicking noise as it opens, if the enamel has been ground away in certain areas, or if there are fractured teeth. Chronic symptoms of bruxism, headaches or neck aches, are also clues that the bite may be off.
To learn more about occlusal adjustment in Red Bank, NJ, contact Dr. Ruda and Dr. DeAngelis to schedule your exam today!