A “bad bite” can cause discomfort as well as problems for your oral health and function. Here at Inova Dental Clinic, Dr. Jafari offers occlusal adjustments and mouth guards to alleviate discomfort, correct your bite and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about occlusal adjustments and guards in Sterling, Virginia, contact our team at 703-433-1400.

Are you waking up with aching jaws or discomfort while biting and chewing? If you are, an occlusal adjustment might be the solution you are seeking. An occlusal adjustment involves fine-tuning the alignment of your bite, aiming to alleviate several common issues that stem from a misaligned bite.

Signs that may point toward a need for an occlusal adjustment include:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Uneven tooth wear
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Recurring headaches and migraines
  • An irregular or imbalanced bite when eating

Such symptoms often arise from a bite that’s not in harmony. This misalignment could result from various factors, including teeth that have shifted, overcrowded teeth, irregularly shaped teeth or even missing teeth. Our experienced dentist and team may recommend an occlusal adjustment to resolve the issue.

An occlusal adjustment procedure involves eliminating interferences that lead to an uneven bite, subsequently causing discomfort. Your treatment plan for your adjustment will depend on your individual needs, and may include restorative treatments to reconstruct your teeth or replace an older, worn out or damaged restoration. Our dentist may also recommend an occlusal guard (also referred to as a bite guard or night guard), which is a type of mouth guard which works to protect your teeth and jaw joints from damage due to clenching and grinding forces. Our dentist will evaluate your teeth and mouth thoroughly to determine which type of treatment is right for your needs and create your treatment plan.

If you are grappling with jaw pain or related symptoms, please reach out to our office. Take the step toward a more balanced bite and greater comfort by scheduling an appointment with our dedicated team.