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What Is A Bite Equilibration?

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The most common reason Village Dental recommends an equilibration is to balance the jaw position before a patient begins a significant cosmetic or alignment dental process. This makes sure that any new teeth restorations are not built in a poor bite position. Building your new restorations in the wrong position can result in them failing prematurely, and/or jaw joint pain and dysfunction and facial muscle pain.

Village Dental also recommends equilibration of your teeth if you are placing a lot of pressure on just a few teeth. Often it is through equilibration that a dentist can correct the problem comfortably without the need for orthodontics, dental rehabilitation, or jaw surgery.

If you have certaina reas with gum recession, this can be a result of a few teeth that have excessive bite force. Your dentist can stop gum recession with gum grafting, but if he or she does not perform a bite equilibration, eventually he may need to prevent the grafted gum from receding again.

Why Do Dentists Recommend Equilibration?

Most dentists like the experts at Village Dental recommend this type of procedure because it balances the jaws and teeth positions, and it is an appropriate treatment for patients who are about to get a major cosmetic or alignment dental process performed. This makes sure that any new teeth restorations are not built in a poor bite position. Your dental team wants to avoid, at all costs, creating new restorations and putting them in the wrong position. Doing this can result in the new restorations failing or having a shorter life span, and/or jaw joint pain and dysfunction and facial muscle pain.

Village Dental also recommends equilibration of your teeth if you are placing a lot of pressure on just a few teeth. Often it is through equilibration that a dentist can correct the problem comfortably without the need for orthodontics, dental rehabilitation, or jaw surgery.

If you have certain areas with gum recession, this can be a result of a few teeth that have excessive bite force causing excessive pressure against other teeth.

Another reason might be to prevent problems with gum grafting say experts at Village Dental. Your dentist can stop gum recession with gum grafting, but if he or she does not perform a bite equilibration, eventually he may need to prevent the grafted gum from minimizing again.

 

How Does the Dentist Perform the Equilibration?

Your dentist will first take impressions and determine the complexity of your bite. He might then request additional tests and do a sample equilibration on the impressions. The dentists at Village Dental do thorough studies on the models of patient’s teeth and then recommends equilibration methods or the use of certain dental appliances Appliances he might use include a night guard or a removable daytime aligner which works similarly to a retainer.

Bottom Line

Village Dental says that when your dentist proceeds to the actual equilibration, he will choose to shape certain parts of teeth or certain teeth. He may use a polishing bur in order to eliminate the problems that cause the misalignment. This procedure takes about an hour or two because of the needed attention to detail. But don’t worry, as it is a painless process. After the equilibration, your teeth will fit together better, but you want to avoid “playing” with your new and improved bite as this can lead to pain and over use of your jaws.

 

How Does the Dentist Perform the Equilibration?

The first step of an equilibration is to take impressions for diagnostic models. Depending upon the complexity of your bite, I may recommend having additional bite records taken so that I can do a trial equilibration on the models. After studying and working on models of your teeth I may recommend alternatives to an equilibration, or preliminary appliance therapy. Appliances that I may suggest include a removable acrylic night guard or a daytime removable ‘deprogrammer’ similar to an orthodontic retainer.

Bottom Line

Village Dental says that when your dentist proceeds to the actual equilibration, he will then  selectively shape your teeth with a polishing bur in order to eliminate the interferences. This procedure takes at least an hour because of the required meticulous attention to detail. However it is a process that is totally painless. After the equilibration you will likely notice that your teeth fit together more comfortably, but you do not want to  “play” with your new and improved bite. Over-use of your jaws, even with a well-balanced bite, will lead to pain and problems!

 

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