How unbalanced is your bite?
Bite balancing is the process of evaluating how the teeth should contact each other, changing the tooth by adding or removing small amounts of tooth surface to correct it and make the bite forces more favorable making it a right fit for better function.
When the teeth contact one another incorrectly, damage may occur. The procedure of balancing the bite adds good points of contact and removes the bad ones so the teeth will not damage each other. This can greatly improve chewing comfort and the longevity of dental work. This procedure is commonly used to treat bad bites that cause damage to teeth and cosmetic dentistry. It is also used to minimize destructive forces in teeth grinding, (bruxism) and clenching.
Bite problems are directly associated with many signs and symptoms such as: tooth sensitivity, wear, bone loss, cracks, fractures, TMJ/TMD issues, headaches, bruxism (grinding of teeth) , headaches, muscle pain, vertigo, and poor function and comfort in chewing.
Bite Problem Solutions
To enable Dr. Brown to evaluate and balance the bite, models of the teeth are made and placed on an instrument that duplicates how you chew. A trial balancing procedure is performed on the models first showing all the areas that need to be added to or adjusted to allow the teeth to fit together properly. Once accomplished on the models the same procedure can be performed in the mouth with the knowledge and confidence it will work.