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Bite Comfort Analysis - Newton, MA

Does Your Bite Feel Right?

Occlusal Adjustment Offers Relief

Occlusion is a term that describes the coming together of your teeth. When you suffer from malocclusion, your teeth don’t meet properly when you bite down. More than an annoyance, this can cause ongoing discomfort, tooth wear, and cracks. If it’s severe enough, malocclusion can even cause you to have trouble eating and speaking. Many dentists use articulating paper to diagnose malocclusion. If you’ve been asked to bite down on a piece of paper during a dental exam, you’re familiar with it. Dr. Noah Orenstein is among the few practitioners who use highly accurate computer technology to determine which patients require occlusal adjustment in Newton, MA.

Data-Driven Diagnosis

Armed with high-tech scanning equipment, Dr. Orenstein can perform a digital occlusal analysis to evaluate you for malocclusion, which can be connected to such ongoing conditions as teeth grinding (bruxism), sleep apnea, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. Instead of biting down on paper, you bite down on a mouth-shaped sensor. The system then shows Dr. Orenstein information about the contacts and levels of force in your bite. Equipped with detailed data from your digital occlusal analysis, he can then determine the extent of your problem and choose the most suitable and effective treatment from a variety of options.

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Bite Adjustment Treatments

Occlusal Guards

Occlusal guards or night guards are custom-fitted, removable appliances that you place over your teeth at night or other times you may be inclined to grind or clench your teeth. These help stop you from wearing down your teeth and causing malocclusion—a common cause behind an uncomfortable bite.

Occlusal Adjustment

Sometimes correcting a “bad” bite lies in adjusting the relative height of the teeth. If some of your teeth are taller than others, your teeth won’t fit together normally when you bite down. This can cause jaw stress and discomfort. We can alleviate these by shaving a small layer of enamel from the top of longer teeth to make them even in height with their surrounding teeth.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Sometimes a digital occlusal analysis will reveal issues that can’t be fixed by a simple adjustment. More comprehensive treatment may be required. As a surgically trained, board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Orenstein is equipped and qualified to provide the multiple treatments you need to have a normal, comfortable bite. He may remove some of your worn crowns and replace them with stronger, better fitting ones, or perform other procedures. Whatever it takes to give you the relief you need!

Enjoy a Trouble-Free Bite

Dr. Orenstein has the tools to make it happen.