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Doctor insights on: Occlusal Adjustment

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What is an occlusal adjustment?

What is an occlusal adjustment?

Reshaping: Occlusal adjustment is when the chewing surfaces of teeth are reshaped by grinding specific trouble spots to allow your teeth to fit together better and more comfortably. It may involve just one single tooth, or many teeth. Ask your dentist to show you what her or she plans to do and why it is needed. ...Read more

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How can an occlusal adjustment work?

How can an occlusal adjustment work?

Balance: Life is full of balance, and it's no different with your teeth. They should meet harmoniously when you close your mouth, speak, and chew. In certain malocclusions, teeth can hit "incorrectly", causing excess stress on those specific teeth and your jaw. Adjusting the occlusion rebalances the bite and distributes the forces more evenly. ...Read more

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Will occlusal adjustment lead to cavities?

Will occlusal adjustment lead to cavities?

Should not: If done conservatively and if properly maintained by the patient (brushing/flossing) then it should not. Hopefully it is only in enamel and not into the dentinl so that the enamel stays intact. ...Read more

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Would occlusal adjustment lead to cavities developing?

Would occlusal adjustment lead to cavities developing?

Usually not: If done properly, on a patient with normal to good oral hygiene, mild/light occlusal adjustment will not lead to increase development of cavities. Heavy occlusal adjustments, that expose the underlying dentin, should not be done as they will increase risk of tooth decay. ...Read more

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Is it true that an occlusal adjustment is the same as braces?

Is it true that an occlusal adjustment is the same as braces?

Bad information: Orthodontic treatment puts teeth and jaws where they belong for function, esthetics, and stability. Occlusal adjustment is a surgical procedure where malposed teeth are reshaped to eliminate interferences. It doesn't correct improper tooth position. Sometimes adults with badly worn teeth need both repositioning and re shaping for optimum occlusion. ...Read more

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Please help? How is the long-term health of teeth that have undergone occlusal adjustment?

Please help? How is the long-term health of teeth that have undergone occlusal adjustment?

Much Better: Bone loss around teeth is minimized when the bite is equalized and a large factor in early tooth loss is being reduced when teeth are equilibrated. Any adjustment in a careful equilibration is very limited to fractions of a millimeter within the enamel layer of tooth structure. ...Read more

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Flattening of molars? Due to bite change? Occlusal surfaces mismatching?

Flattening of molars? Due to bite change? Occlusal surfaces mismatching?

Yes: Grinding your teeth (buxism) may be responsible for flattening the top surfaces of your molars. Evaluation with your dentist will help to determine the cause and options for preventing more damage. ...Read more

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Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Maybe: Many times the terms are used interchangeably. There are times when a occlusal guard is made to treat jaw problems, tmd, headaches and neck and shoulder aches. They are more complicated, cost more, and are more beneficial . They can't be purchased over the counter. They are made for your specific problem and have a custom fit. ...Read more

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Why doesn't icd (intercondylar distance) have nothing to do with teeth occlusal morphology?

Why doesn't icd (intercondylar distance) have nothing to do with teeth occlusal morphology?

Developmental issue: I suppose that the intercondylar distance development is connected with the rest of the cranial development while other factors influence the occlusal morphology. Later in life the two become related as the jaw functions and teeth wear etc. ...Read more

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I have an edge to edge bite (bimaxillary protrusion) + jaw asymmetry + occlusal cant. Can I do without surgery for protrusion?

I suspect so: Very hard to give a knowledgable opinion in this venue regarding your problem. You need to seek the opinion of one or more oral or maxillofacial surgeons. I'd probably start with your personal dentist and ask for a referral. Surgery may be your best option, but probably not your only therapeutic approach. Good luck. ...Read more