A bite is considered to be healthy when all, or most, of your teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage.
A bite is considered destructive when your teeth show wear or looseness, or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is occurring. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction.
Your bite therapy may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where your teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of your teeth.
- Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, worn during the day, at night, or both.
- Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
- Reconstruction of badly worn or damaged teeth.