The way our teeth meet both during eating as well as at night when you sleep, is a critical factor in preserving your dental health. Excessive force exerted on individual teeth can cause wear, loosening, and fracturing and is one of the key factors for tooth loss. Grinding is an example of excessive force that occurs during our sleep. Bite adjustment relieves the pressure on individual teeth that are experiencing trauma and is performed gently and painlessly. Reshaping and reducing excessive hard contacts on the biting surface of the teeth accomplish adjustment. The objective is to get all the teeth to hit simultaneously and eliminate any overload.
At Westchester Center for Periodontal Excellence we incorporate dental appliances (guards) to prevent your teeth from meeting while you sleep. Bite adjustment procedures and the construction of night guards are performed early on as part of the periodontal treatment plan. As we age our bite will continue to change. Bite evaluation becomes an integral part of total oral wellness; especially our recall wellness visits.