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Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment

How Well Do Your Teeth Work Together. There are times when our cosmetic procedures not only restore your look and confidence but also help your mouths overall functionality.

Occlusion simply means how your teeth work together to form your bite. If the occlusion of your bite is off, it can lead to oral health problems or more serious misalignments which can cause pain later in life. By studying the movement of your jaw and how your teeth meet when you move your jaw, Dr. De Andrade can assess what problems you’re having now, what the movement of your jaw and the occlusion of your teeth may mean for problems later, and what treatment options will be most efficacious in slowing, correcting, or preventing these problems. He does this by carefully evaluating the various aspects of your bite while in motion and at rest, looking for points where the bite aligns properly as well as points where it does not. These individual and collective movements and the way your teeth meet at various points can help rule out or indicate potential issues, and they have specific terms to describe each of them.

Static Occlusion

This is the natural closed position of your teeth and jaw. Simply let your teeth come together in a closed position to demonstrate this for yourself.

Dynamic Occlusion

This is how your teeth move and meet when you chew food. Make an exaggerated chewing motion to see how this works.

Centric Occlusion

This is the position of your teeth when they first come together in a downward bite. Bring your teeth lightly together as if biting into an apple to try this one.

Malocclusion

If your teeth don’t align properly, this can cause serious damage to the teeth or jaw which will later require more aggressive intervention, such as surgery, to correct. By catching signs and symptoms of malocclusion early, the risks of lasting damage and the damage already done can be halted and in many cases even reversed.

Occlusal analysis and adjustment is an integral part of the comprehensive oral examination because occlusion problems are one of the most common causes of dental pain and problems. These are far easier to treat if detected early and adjusted than when they are dealt with later in life. Malocclusion can be caused by misalignment of the jaw, grinding or clenching teeth, teeth that erupt at improper angles, and a number of other reasons. In many cases, the earlier these issues are addressed, the better your mouth will function and the healthier your smile will be!

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