Dr. Wong's main focus is to provide our patients with the best orthodontic care possible so that you may achieve optimal dental health that will last a lifetime.
(The modification of the chewing and
biting surfaces of teeth by selective grinding)
Teeth and jaws do not occlude (come together) in an acceptable position for many reasons. Some of them are fillings or bridges that have been placed over a period of years, orthodontics, oral surgery, trauma, malocclusion (poor bite), developmental defects, bruxism (grinding) and clenching.
What is an Equilibration?
An occlusal equilibration is the mechanical adjustment of your teeth, dentures, bridges, fillings, or other oral appliances to a position that allows your lower jaw to function in a natural hinge in relation to your upper jaw without improper influence from teeth. Your mouth is being equilibrated because some problem exists: pain, abnormal wear, breaking of restorations (fillings), or tooth movement. The problem is usually present because the teeth and/or restorations do not meet in harmony with your lower jaw at the proper position. An occlusal equilibration "wears" some areas mechanically and allows the teeth to meet harmoniously. It is not harmful but is beneficial.
How is an Equilibration Achieved?
Dr. Wong will selectively adjust the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the teeth in an effort to eliminate premature contacts and occlusal interferences. A simple occlusal equilibration can be accomplished in a short time and its a painless procedure. Only slight future changes in your occlusion (bite) occur over a period of time because small movements of teeth in the jawbones. More complex equilibrations may require several appointments, and the teeth may shift more between appointments. When your symptoms are gone and your occlusion is relatively stable, your equilibration will be finished. Placement of new fillings or crowns can also change the way your teeth contract. Be sure to advise Dr. Wong if your occlusion (bite) does not feel right.
How will your Teeth Feel?
After an occlusal equilibration, your occlusion (bite) will feel different to you. This is to be expected. You will gradually accept this location as your new chewing position, and it will feel good. Most patients report their new bite as feeling "weird", but in a good way: more even and more solid.