Occlusal Equilibration

Occlusal equilibration refers to the readjustment of a person’s bite, allowing the jaw joints to be in the correct anatomical position when the teeth fit together. When your jaw system is functioning properly, your lower jaw can freely hinge at the joints and close together with even contact between the lower and upper teeth. This is a ‘solid bite.’ When there is a discrepancy between the sets of teeth, joint problems and/or tooth-wear problems can occur. The jaw may have to shift to allow the teeth to fit together, which creates stress in the joints, muscles and teeth. We may recommend occlusal equilibration for sufferers of the following maladies:

  • Muscle-tension headaches
  • Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Severely worn-down or chipped teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Gum recession

How we can help:

  • Complete occlusal equilibration is a procedure which can be performed over several visits, altering the biting surfaces of the teeth to meet in an ‘ideal occlusion’ (bite).
  • We study your bite by creating casts of your teeth, and determining whether adjustment of the biting surfaces of the teeth will correct the issue.
  • Splint therapy may be recommended to ensure proper seating of the jaw joints.
  • The combination of splint therapy and equilibration can establish a harmonious and stable system, eliminating the destructive problems previous occurring.
  • The procedure does not promote tooth decay- any removal of tooth structure is minimal and barely detectable, and instead our patients notice a more even and solid bite.