Dr. Tamie Ego is committed to helping you enjoy good oral health and proper oral function. If you suffer from a TMJ disorder or another bite problem, we may recommend occlusal equilibration to realign your jaw and bite and restore your oral function. To learn more about occlusal equilibration and TMJ treatment in Fresno, California, and schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist, contact North Fresno Dental Care today at 559-437-0553.
Teeth are negatively affected by three types of diseases: tooth decay, periodontal disease and occlusal disease. Occlusion is the word used to describe your bite, or the way your teeth fit together. Your lower jaw (or mandible) has two joints that are located in front of each ear. When the upper and lower jaws are functioning properly, the lower jaw hinges freely at these joints and does not shift when closing, giving you a solid and comfortable bite. When this jaw is misaligned or injured, it does not function in a proper and relaxed way, leading to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems and other issues with the bite. This causes a variety of problems, including:
- Muscle tension headaches
- Severely worn teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Pain in the jaw, especially when moving it
- Gum recession
- Grooves on the tooth root surfaces
Occlusal equilibration is an adjustment to allow even contact of the upper and lower teeth as well as proper function of the upper and lower jaw. It may consist of adjusting the bite or selectively reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth. By making this adjustment and decreasing the stress and trauma to the teeth as soon as possible, the likelihood that you will require further treatment (such as a crown, bridge or tooth replacement) is decreased. The ultimate goal of occlusal equilibration is to make your jaw more comfortable and functional so that you can enjoy a pain-free and improved quality of life.
When you receive occlusal equilibration, our dentist will first take a diagnostic case or study model. This will be used to determine whether occlusal equilibration will correct or prevent further damage. If this treatment is a good option for you, our dentist will create a treatment plan to adjust your bite and help your jaws and teeth fit and function together properly. This treatment typically takes three to five appointments to complete. Your occlusal equilibration therapy may be combined with orthodontic treatment if needed to produce the best results.
For more information about occlusal equilibration and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ego, please contact our office today.