In a perfect world, we don’t notice how hard our teeth and jaws work to function properly. The key to that healthy, comfortable, ignorable bite is balance. When each tooth is well-aligned, they work in conjunction to help us chew comfortably, speak clearly, and smile with pride. If that balance is out of whack for some reason, it can cause various problems—from pain to larger hygiene issues. Luckily, the team at West Portal Family Dentistry are specially trained in bite adjustment procedures to make sure all patients in the San Francisco, CA, area are operating at the highest level of oral health and comfort.
Dr. Nguyen and the team at West Portal Family Dentistry will help you navigate any bite problems or any procedures you might need to achieve the best possible oral health. Signs that you may need a bite adjustment to include:
Any of these symptoms may prompt a thorough examination by the West Portal team. Once they’ve identified the source of your symptoms, they will present the options available and guide you through the steps necessary to restore your oral health.
A bite adjustment is often quick and painless. It begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your bite (including X-rays, contact paper, and sometimes impressions). Once your dentist has a clear idea of what is causing your symptoms, they can quickly begin the adjustment process. Most adjustments involve smoothing or filing the edges of teeth, so they settle more efficiently. These procedures often interact with the outer enamel layer of the tooth and do not require an anesthetic or any numbing agents.
Once an adjustment is complete, many patients feel immediate relief. Even a slight adjustment can improve or even cure grinding, clenching, headaches, and any other discomfort associated with bite irregularities. In some cases, a follow-up appointment will be made to monitor your bite and see if the adjustment has revealed any other issues.
The team at West Portal Family Dentistry will determine the source of your symptoms and guide you through the best course of treatment for a healthy smile. To schedule an appointment today, call (415) 604-9292 .
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.