Occlusion, or bite equilibrium, refers to the relationship between your upper and lower teeth – particularly, how evenly their surfaces meet when you bite down. The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect your lower jaw to your upper jaw rely on your teeth being properly aligned to operate properly. Otherwise, the joints can become overstressed trying to keep your bite even, and the stress can lead to inflammation, damage, and severe discomfort – also known as TMJ disorder.
There are many reasons for your bite to become imbalanced. Injuries like chipped, cracked, or broken teeth can disrupt occlusion, as can the force from untreated bruxism. In many cases, the disruption may be due to excessive wear on one or more teeth surfaces, or small blemishes like chipped or worn tooth edges, among other minor issues. Keeping your optimal dental health and comfort in mind, Dr. Lathrop may be able to correct your bite without the need for orthodontic or cosmetic braces.
Bite equilibration describes changing your occlusion so your jaw muscles, TMJs, and bite function are optimized. Using the Tekscan pressure mapping system, Dr. Lathrop can accurately assess where your bite’s pressure needs to be optimized, and to what degree. Using the Tekscan’s readings, along with diagnostic digital and 3D imaging, Dr. Lathrop can design your bite equilibration procedure to offer maximum results with minimal alterations to your tooth structure.
We want to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles for life. At Lathrop Dental Center, Dr. Colin Lathrop and our team provide exceptional general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care for patients from ages 2 to 102! We proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.