A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not traumatized by normal daily use.
Trauma can be present when teeth show wear, looseness, x-ray changes, or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps reduce trauma and improve bite function while decreasing damage.
The therapy may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures when the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully distributing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
- Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted acrylic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, worn during the day, at night, or both.
- Braces to reposition mal-aligned, tipped, or drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
- Restoration of badly worn and damaged teeth.