What is Occlusion? Occlusion is a dental term which descibes the way your teeth touch when you close them together. Each tooth has a specific shape which allows it to fit with the opposing teeth. This complex anatomy works in a specific manner with the biting and chewing components: jaw joints (temporomandibular joints [TMJ]), jaw bones, muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues of the mouth. In a good occlusion, all of these components work in harmony, free of disease, pain, and trauma.
What is Malocclusion? A malocclusion or 'bad bite' is a problem with how the upper and lower teeth touch and their relationship with the other chewing components. Malocclusion can lead to jaw pain, premature breakdown and/or disease in any one of the chewing system components. Therefore, if a malocclusion is present, correction is necessary.
Occlusal Correction. Occlusal correction changes or corrects the shape and/or position of the biting surfaces of the teeth to allow the jaw joints to function in their most biologically natural and comfortable position. This allows harmony and prolonged health between the joints, muscles, teeth and supporting structures.
Techniques for Occlusal Correction
- Selective reshaping of teeth
- Restorative dental work - crowns, bridged, implants, etc.
- Orthognathic surgery
- Occlusal splint therapy
With a thourough analysis of your occlusion, including x-rays, a visual exam and study models of your teeth mounted onto an instrument called an articulator,we can help you determine which treatment method or methods would be best for you.