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 TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite so that it can function without damage and destruction.
Bite adjustment therapy may include:
Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
Bite splint therapy using a custom fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard is sometimes necessary to keep the teeth apart, day, night or both.