With occlusal equilibration at Barton Oaks Dental Group, our dentists will equilibrate the contact points between opposing teeth. In other words, we will make sure that your upper and lower teeth meet in the right spots and with the right balance to achieve an ideal bite. An ideal bite will prevent issues like abnormal tooth wear, pain, and teeth grinding, sometimes leading to jaw joint trauma or TMD.
Occlusal equilibration or adjustment is usually performed in multiple stages. After each adjustment, our dentists will check how the teeth come together using a thin bite marking paper. Once the bite is stable, other dental procedures (fillings, onlays, crowns, night guard, etc.) may be necessary.
After each adjustment, our dentists will check how the teeth come together using a bite marking ribbon. This may involve multiple appointments. When the tooth shaping is complete, dental fluoride may be applied to strengthen the enamel and to re-establish a less porous enamel surface. If restorative dental treatment (fillings, onlays, crowns, etc.) is also needed, those will be performed separately.