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Occlusal therapy

OcclusionWhat is occlusal therapy?

Occlusal therapy improves contact between your upper and lower teeth when your jaws are at rest, or when they are used for chewing.

The jaw joint consists of a ball that fits snugly into its socket. This joint can move in three ways: side to side, front to back, and up and down, allowing us to move our lower jaw freely. Occlusal therapy may be suggested if you experience problems with your bite or jaw joints, or both.

Erratic tooth positioning, tooth decay, loose teeth and a number of other factors can cause problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and your bite. Occlusal therapy is available to correct these problems.

The treatment can also be used to provide relief from the symptoms that are caused by bruxism, headaches, and migraines that result from malocclusion or problems regarding the bite. The treatment may involve only the teeth, the neuromuscular mechanisms used for chewing, or a combination of both.

Why might I need occlusal therapy?

Occlusal therapy may be beneficial if you have these symptoms:

  • Excessive teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Headaches and migraines

What is involved in occlusal therapy?

Aside from pain management and easing the discomfort brought about by malocclusion problems, occlusal therapy also focuses on the restoration of proper occlusion. This restoration can be done in the form re-shaping or the adjustment of dental fillings or dental crowns. Changing the shape of the top of the teeth (occlusal equilibration) to ease intense biting pressure, and the use of orthodontics, are also part of the treatment.

The Kois Center

Principal Practitioner at Improve Your Smile, Dr Amjad Malik, has attended courses in Occlusion and Occlusal Therapy at the Kois Center, Seattle, USA. The Center offers a comprehensive nine-course curriculum that includes restorative dentistry, occlusion and aesthetic dentistry. Each course is instructed by Dr John Kois, who works on continuously modifying the course content to include the latest in technological protocols, as well as the newest research results. Occlusal therapy courses at the Kois Center include the study of how wear and tear relates to occlusion, to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affecting a patient’s chewing faculties, and to stability. Pictured here is Dr John Kois presenting Dr Amjad Malik with his certificate on completion of the 9-course programme in Occlusal Therapy.

Book an appointment with Dr Malik about jaw and bite problems


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