Occlusal Equilibration is a term used in dentistry to discuss the balancing of the bite relationship. The lower jaw is a "u-shaped" bone, which has two joints, one at each end. When the jaw system is functioning properly, the lower jaw is able to freely hinge at the joints and close together with the lower teeth contacting the upper teeth very evenly all the way around the arch. This is what creates a "solid bite."
When there is a discrepancy in the bite, then problems can develop. If any teeth interfere with healthy jaw movement and tooth alignment during closure, the jaw will have to shift in order to fully close the teeth all the way together. This shifting of the jaw creates stress on the whole system and can result in:
We use a specialized software that helps us to evaluate the current bite relationship between your teeth and determine how it can be improved. This program shows us ideal alignment for the jaw joints and individual teeth, so we that have a roadmap to follow.
f you are experiencing worn or chipped teeth, jaw joint discomfort, or headaches, we invite you to schedule a consultation to see if a bite imbalance is the cause.