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Bite Therapy (Occlusal Control)


Woman smiling after receiving Brux and mouthguard treatment at Karl Zeren DDS
Your mouth has many essential functions. It allows you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. The way in which your teeth and jaws fit together, referred to as your bite, is essential for proper functioning. Issues with your bite can affect your temporomandibular joints or TMJ. These joints, which enable you to open and close your mouth, can become irritated as a result, causing discomfort and difficulties performing some different tasks. At Karl Zeren DDS, we can help to ease your discomfort and restore your quality of life with bite therapy.

Symptoms of a Bad Bite


A bad bite, or poor alignment of your teeth or jaws, can lead to significant pain in your joints and your TMJ. It can also interfere with the functions of your mouth, making basic tasks like eating and speaking very difficult, and your quality of life. Bite issues can lead to several significant issues:
•  Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth.
•  Your facial muscles become sore.
•  Uneven wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
•  Your teeth are at a greater risk of fracturing.
•  Your risk of gum disease and cavities increases.
•  Gum recession.
•  Your teeth may become loose.
•  Your jaw may click, pop, or grind. It may even lock temporarily.
•  Chronic headaches or earaches.

How are Bite Issues Diagnosed?


Before receiving treatment, we first perform a thorough examination of your mouth. We assess the alignment and condition of your teeth. The alignment of your jaw is assessed. Dental x-rays are also taken, which enable us to look over your jawbone. This examination allows us to determine your exact issues so that we can determine the best treatment for your specific needs.

Bite Therapy


Bite therapy can involve a few different types of treatments. One of these treatments involves adjusting your bite. This can be done with orthodontics, such as traditional braces or clear aligners. Adjusting your bite may also involve reshaping some, or all, of your teeth.

Another treatment that may be used is an occlusal splint. Also called a night guard, an occlusal splint is a specially designed oral device that is meant to be worn over your teeth while you sleep. The occlusal splint is designed and created from impressions that we take of your mouth. This allows us to create a device that fits perfectly within your mouth. It functions to both hold your jaw in proper alignment while also absorbing the impact your jaw muscles exert on your teeth. In doing so, this helps to alleviate the pain associated with bruxism and TMJ issues, which aids in restoring your quality of life.

While you can find night guards for sale at most pharmacies, these guards often do not provide the results you are looking for. They may not fit properly, fall out while you are sleeping, or interfere with your breathing. A custom occlusal splint not only fits properly, but it is also made from the highest quality materials, ensuring optimal results.

If you are suffering from jaw and TMJ pain, and find it difficult to perform basic tasks like eating and speaking, you may benefit from bite therapy. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call Karl Zeren DDS at (410) 316-6141 today.
Your mouth has many essential functions. It allows you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. The way in which your teeth and jaws fit together, referred to as your bite, is essential for proper functioning. Issues with your bite can affect your temporomandibular joints or TMJ. These joints, which enable you to open and close your mouth, can become irritated as a result, causing discomfort and difficulties performing some different tasks. At Karl Zeren DDS, we can help to ease your discomfort and restore your quality of life with bite therapy.

Symptoms of a Bad Bite


A bad bite, or poor alignment of your teeth or jaws, can lead to significant pain in your joints and your TMJ. It can also interfere with the functions of your mouth, making basic tasks like eating and speaking very difficult, and your quality of life. Bite issues can lead to several significant issues:
•  Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth.
•  Your facial muscles become sore.
•  Uneven wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
•  Your teeth are at a greater risk of fracturing.
•  Your risk of gum disease and cavities increases.
•  Gum recession.
•  Your teeth may become loose.
•  Your jaw may click, pop, or grind. It may even lock temporarily.
•  Chronic headaches or earaches.

How are Bite Issues Diagnosed?


Before receiving treatment, we first perform a thorough examination of your mouth. We assess the alignment and condition of your teeth. The alignment of your jaw is assessed. Dental x-rays are also taken, which enable us to look over your jawbone. This examination allows us to determine your exact issues so that we can determine the best treatment for your specific needs.

Bite Therapy


Bite therapy can involve a few different types of treatments. One of these treatments involves adjusting your bite. This can be done with orthodontics, such as traditional braces or clear aligners. Adjusting your bite may also involve reshaping some, or all, of your teeth.

Another treatment that may be used is an occlusal splint. Also called a night guard, an occlusal splint is a specially designed oral device that is meant to be worn over your teeth while you sleep. The occlusal splint is designed and created from impressions that we take of your mouth. This allows us to create a device that fits perfectly within your mouth. It functions to both hold your jaw in proper alignment while also absorbing the impact your jaw muscles exert on your teeth. In doing so, this helps to alleviate the pain associated with bruxism and TMJ issues, which aids in restoring your quality of life.

While you can find night guards for sale at most pharmacies, these guards often do not provide the results you are looking for. They may not fit properly, fall out while you are sleeping, or interfere with your breathing. A custom occlusal splint not only fits properly, but it is also made from the highest quality materials, ensuring optimal results.

If you are suffering from jaw and TMJ pain, and find it difficult to perform basic tasks like eating and speaking, you may benefit from bite therapy. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call Karl Zeren DDS at (410) 316-6141 today.

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