The most obvious symptom that indicates that you need occlusal adjustment is when you feel a misalignment in your jaw as you bite.
Occlusal adjustment involves making a correction to the jaw which has undergone change. The causes could be missing, loose or overcrowded teeth. Following an occlusal adjustment procedure, the distribution of force along the jaw becomes balances without excess force on one side. Upon completion of occlusal adjustment, your bite will become normal because your teeth will now meet normally.
The process is pain-free and involves very little discomfort. The dentist will use a drill as well as a filing stone to make the adjustment. The procedure may involve the usage of removable dental mouthpieces that are installed to protect the teeth surface and also to encourage the jaw muscles to relax after the adjustment is complete.
Candidates who might require occlusal adjustment are those who clench their teeth, those with loose teeth that do not meet correctly and also those with sensitive teeth. The uneven pressure caused by uneven bite can cause extra pressure on sensitive teeth making the problem worse.
Modern dental technology enables the dentist to make accurate computer scans of bite registrations and the slightest irregularity is identified at once. This helps the dentist only perform occlusal adjustments to the part of your mouth that needs it.