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Kurt D James, DDS, PC | Occlusal Adjustment in Troy

KURT D JAMES, DDS, PC

550 Edwardsville Rd. Troy, IL

618-667-3446

Monday, May 11th: IDPH reccommended "oral health providers resume provision of routine oral and dental care consistent with this guidance for minimizing risk of transmission of  COVID-19 in an oral health setting. 

We are following guidelnes and reccomendations made by the American Dental Associaton, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some of our changes you will encountor on your next appointment are as follows: 

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  • Pre-screening patients prior to their appointment date, the day of your appointment and temperature taken.
  • We will use virtual waiting room, patients will remain in car until appointment.
  • Patients will wear masks inside the office or be given a mask. 
  • Patients will use hand sanitizer upon entering or wash hands.
  • Pre-treatment rinse.
  • Wear mask out of office after treatment completed in operating.

 

We have placed HEPA-UV vacuum system to purify the air in the operatories. Any further questions, do not hesitate to call us at 618-667-3446

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Occlusal Adjustment
 

Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?

When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is lopsided? If so, then you may need an occlusal adjustment.

An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth.  Once your bite is adjusted, your teeth will meet properly. Occlusal adjustment causes minimal pain, and only a little discomfort. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill using a fine filing stone. In addition to the actual adjustment, removal mouthpieces are also utilized, to protect the tooth surface, and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.  

Who is a good candidate for an occlusal adjustment?  Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not meet correctly. Patients, who grind or clench their teeth, will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth, which is also corrected through an occlusal adjustment. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.

New technology allows dentists to accurately identify the areas, which need adjustments. The dentist utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. That data allows the dentist to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary, which ensures a well aligned bite and minimal tooth wear.

If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment.

 
 
 
Troy Dentist | Occlusal Adjustment. Kurt James is a Troy Dentist.