Occlusal Adjustment in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
Occlusal adjustment could be the answer to jaw, neck and tooth pain or constant headaches.
When the bite of the upper and lower jaw is misaligned because of natural growth, poor dental work, or injury, it can prevent the jaw from closing properly. An abnormal or irregular bite can lead to a variety of health problems including pain and difficulty sleeping. Finding the reason for bite misalignment and correcting it can relieve pain and increase the functionality of the jaw.
Symptoms of Bite Misalignment
A variety of factors can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position, causing:
- Neck Aches
- Tooth Pain
- Bruxism or Teeth Grinding (which can cause worn teeth and receding gums)
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Side Effects of a Misaligned Bite
When the jaw can’t close properly with the teeth aligned for a natural, competent bite, jaw and neck muscles can’t fully relax. Headaches, neck aches, and tooth pain are common symptoms of an abnormal bite. A misaligned bite can even cause bruxism (tooth grinding) and pain in the jaw or clicking (TMJ). Failure to address these issues can lead to more and more problems. An occlusal adjustment can help identify the misalignment and steps can be taken to correct it.
Occlusal Adjustment Procedure
An abnormal or irregular bite can be fixed with an occlusal, or bite, adjustment. A bite impression will be taken and analyzed to pinpoint the source of the misalignment, and from there a variety of methods may be used to bring the jaw into the correct position and relieve the muscle strain. Once the correct bite is restored, most issues disappear.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.