Bite Adjustment




Periodontal Disease is the process in which bacteria and inflammation caused by the infection results in tissue damage, bone loss and eventual tooth loss. Other factors may be present which can accelerate the initiation and severity of periodontal disease. 


One of the main factors is how a patient may damage their own mouth by bruxism. 


Bruxism is defined as a habit of grinding, clenching, or clamping the teeth. The force generated may damage both the tooth and the surrounding tissue and bone. The damage may be seen clinically as a localized periodontal abscess or a localized area with tissue recession and root exposure.  Occasionally patients will complain of sore or aching teeth, especially in the morning.


Long term studies have shown that if these bite habits are left untreated, the periodontal status of the teeth will be worse. This may include recurrence of periodontal disease and increased severity of periodontal disease. When treated, these sites have higher success and improved long-term health.


What does this procedure entail?


Treatment of bruxism may involve occlusal analysis. This involves marking the contacts of the teeth in various functional positions. Adjustment to these contacts may be recommended to reduce trauma.  A bite appliance, or night guard, may also be necessary. When made properly and worn regularly by the patient, this appliance reduces trauma to the teeth.