What to Expect During the Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment Process
As part of the occlusal analysis process, we will also conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, plaque and bone structure and review your medical and oral health history. It may also be necessary to take an X-Ray or other diagnostic exam to identify underlying issues and determine whether occlusal adjustment is necessary. If it is determined that occlusal adjustment is the best treatment option for you, the procedure will typically include the following steps:
- A local anesthetic and/or dental sedation may be administered to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety during the procedure.
- The next step will vary depending upon the nature of your malocclusion. In most cases, malocclusion can be corrected by removing small amounts of the tooth structure until the proper bite is achieved.
- Patients whose malocclusion is due to additional underlying issues may have a range of procedures performed in addition to or independent of this incremental removal, such as dental crowns lengthening, crown restoration, and/or root canal therapy. Orthodontic treatment is also commonly used as part of the occlusal adjustment process.
How Much Does Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment Cost?
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.
Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment and TMJ Treatment
One of the most common reasons patients seek an occlusal analysis and adjustment is to treat TMJ-related issues. Although an occlusal adjustment may significantly improve TMJ symptoms, it is often performed in conjunction with additional methods of treatment. Surgical treatment for TMJ is avoided if possible, but for patients who do not have success with non-surgical treatments or whose TMJ is not corrected by an occlusal adjustment may consider the following surgical treatments:
- Arthrocentesis: Removes inflammatory byproducts and debris by Irrigating fluids through the joint.
- BOTOX/Corticosteroid Injections: Although not successful for everyone, some patients experience rapid relief following an injection of BOTOX or a corticosteroid into the joint, though the pain relief tends to be for a limited time, which means additional shots are necessary.
- Modified condylotomy: Joint space is increased to relieve TMJ pain.
- TMJ arthroscopy: A close view of the jaw joint is taken using a video lens and monitor to determine the underlying cause of TMJ symptoms. Following this, inflamed tissue is removed, the area is rinsed, and the jaw joint is realigned.
- Open-joint surgery: Typically avoided if possible, open-joint surgery can be an incredibly effective treatment option for correcting TMJ, however it is the most invasive approach and has increased risks compared to other methods. If you are considering open-joint surgery, make sure that you are aware of and comfortable with these risks before scheduling the procedure.
Personalized Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
If you have additional questions about occlusal analysis and adjustment or would like to schedule an appointment, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400.