Treatment to Correct Bite Problems

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Our goal is to build a stable, healthy, and esthetic occlusion (bite). Once we identify signs and symptoms of occlusal disease, we collect diagnostic information  to determine the best course of treatment to correct bite problems, and achieve this goal. Nature proves that form follows function. That is, the most stable, functional solution will also be the best looking. Therefore, it is critical for us to meet the requirements of a stable occlusion as the first step of any treatment plan. In general terms, there are two primary requirements for a stable occlusion (See Stable Bite). The first is that when your jaw joints are seated fully in their sockets (a position dentists call “Centric Relation”), all your teeth should touch at the same time, and with the same intensity. The second requirement is that the only time your back teeth should be able to touch is when your joints are fully seated in Centric Relation. When this is achieved, there is no way to rub your back teeth together. Once we determine our final functional esthetic goals, being sure to satisfy our requirements for a stable occlusion, we determine the easiest and most predictable way to turn our plan into reality. Our treatment options to create a perfected occlusion include one or more of the following:
  • Reshaping teeth
  • Repositioning teeth
  • Restoring teeth
  • Removing teeth
  • Repositioning bone
In many cases, we are able to balance your occlusion with minimal treatment and exceptional long-term results. Sometimes, simply making an appropriately designed night guard will help relieve symptoms and allow us to complete more definitive treatment in phases over time. More advanced problems may require more extensive treatment, but each step is pre-planned and predictable. Regardless of the treatment plan or the modalities used, our goals remain the same: a perfected occlusion, providing long-term comfort, function, and optimal esthetics using the least invasive and most predictable treatment options available.