Occlusal Equilibration

Many people have never heard of the term “occlusal equilibration,” which is the mechanical adjustment of your teeth, dentures, fillings, or other oral appliances. The adjustment ensures that upper and lower teeth fit together properly so there is equal pressure applied on all surfaces.

There can be many reasons that an occlusal equilibration is needed to fix these uneven surfaces:

  • Bruxism (teeth-grinding)
  • Clenching
  • Developmental defects
  • Malocclusion (poor bite)
  • Numerous fillings or bridges over a period of several years
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Trauma

If you notice that you are in pain or have abnormal wear on your teeth, or if restorations are breaking down, your upper and lower teeth may not be meeting in the proper position. Occlusal equilibration at our Orlando dental office might be able to help. Call Dr. David Akkara to find out more about how this conservative treatment can make a big difference.

The Explanation Behind Occlusal Equilibration

You have two jaw joints located in front of each of your years. When you open and close your mouth, the joints rotate; they should stay in that position when your teeth come together, hitting each tooth at the same time. But if one tooth gets in the way, your jaw will shift to make an accommodation for the errant tooth. Over time, this shift can cause problems, including TMJ, headaches, sensitivity to heat or cold, facial pain, recession, and broken teeth.

The good news is that this type of bite discrepancy can often be treated with minimal dentistry. Dr. Akkara will make models of your teeth to determine exactly how your teeth come together and how the joints are working. This enables him to determine the easiest, least invasive way to correct the problem. Often occlusal equilibration is all that is needed.

How We Approach Occlusion Adjustments

Occlusal equilibration involves minor reshaping of the teeth or dental appliance to allow the upper and lower jaws to fit together like puzzle pieces when the jaw joint is seated completely in the socket. This allows the muscles to relax and very often eliminates pain and sensitivity almost immediately. Many of our patients report feeling relief just hours after treatment.

Dr. Akkara approaches these adjustments in the most conservative way possible. In most cases, he will make minor adjustments initially, to see if those help with your discomfort. He can continue to make adjustments until you reach the level of relief desired and are able to chew comfortably.

Call Hillcrest Dental to Learn More

We want our patients to enjoy healthy, comfortable smiles. Call us today to find out if an occlusion adjustment can help eliminate your pain and discomfort.