Bite adjustment can resolve discomfort for San Francisco patients
Your teeth are designed to perform as a team, aligning in a way that allows you to chew efficiently and speak clearly. When that alignment is out of balance, discomfort, dental and overall health problems may result. The dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry provide bite adjustment to help San Francisco area patients enjoy better oral health.
Symptoms of bite problems
You may be in need of bite adjustment if you experience:
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Gum recession
- Fractures or breakage
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain
- Reduced jaw mobility
- Grinding noise in the jaw
- Mouth pain, especially when eating
The bite adjustment process
Bite adjustment is a technique that improves the way teeth meet together when you bite down, equalizing pressure on the teeth and reducing strain on the jaw joint. In some cases, bite adjustment is a quick, chairside procedure. For other patients, prep work and models are required for complex adjustment.
Bite adjustment is a multi-step process:
- Initial visit – The dentist completes a comprehensive evaluation of your bite (including past dental procedures), x-rays, and possibly impressions. Indicator tape identifies which teeth are receiving the most impact. These teeth are reshaped with a dental drill, and polished. Usually no anesthetic is needed, since only the enamel layer is treated. If extensive reshaping or fillings are necessary, the patient is thoroughly numbed.
- Follow-ups – Most patients feel relief almost immediately. However, once the most prominent points of impact are addressed, other bite irregularities may become noticeable. At subsequent visits, the dentist continues to make precise adjustments to achieve the most balanced bite possible, and the highest level of comfort.
Bite adjustment can cure or dramatically reduce bruxism (excessive clenching and grinding at night) and TMJ disorders, as well as discomfort and oral damage associated with these conditions. Call West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco at (415) 604-9292 to schedule a bite adjustment assessment.