A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present, and not destroyed by normal daily usage.
It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when the TMJ (jaw joint) is damaged. Bite therapy helps to restore the bite to proper function, without damage and destruction. This therapy may include:
- Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth, and eliminating spots of excessive pressures when the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by very carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
- Bite plane therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart. This appliance is worn during the night, when the patient is sleeping.
- Orthodontic therapy (braces) to position malposed or drifted teeth.
- Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
- Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.