Occlusal therapy helps address the misalignment of teeth and the incorrect relation between the upper and lower dental arches, an occurrence known as malocclusion.Occlusal therapy can include occlusal equilibration, which serves to reshape the surface of teeth; the use of Advanced Lightwire Functional appliances, which can correct distortions of the skull and other bones supporting the teeth for more beneficial dental alignment; and orthodontic treatment.
You may have heard someone say that they have TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that moves the lower jaw. Dr. Belman has additional training from several specialists and at the Pankey Institute to help patients that suffer from TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorder is basically dysfunction with or without pain in anywhere in the teeth and or the joint. Sounds a little confusing right? There is a wide variety of signs and symptoms including:
- Sensitivity or pain in a tooth/teeth
- Pain in or around the joint
- Clicking in the joint(s)
- Headaches (even severe as migraines), neck aches and even shoulder pains
- Loose teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Bone loss around teeth
- Wear on teeth
- Tired jaws
- Interference with sleep patterns
Occlusal treatment involving comprehensive examination bite analysis, with possible splint therapy and occlusal adjustments (adjustments made to the ‘bite’ called equilibration) can often solve these problems.
A very significant number of dental problems are caused by functional problems – breakdowns in this intricate ‘chewing’ machine. This is also a very good reason that wearing braces should not be just about giving a patient ‘straight’ teeth, but also about putting the parts of the machine into a harmonious position with the other parts, to prevent any of the above mentioned problems developing.