Getting Your Bite Right

Do your teeth come together properly? All together at the same time. Or does one side hit first? Or 1 tooth hit first? Or maybe just in the back? If your teeth do not work properly, it will cause damage to your teeth, fillings or crowns, notches form along the gun line, gums recede, but you may also suffer with sensitive teeth, headaches, migraines, muscle tension in your head, neck, or shoulders, pain, and often, symptoms of TMJ/TMD.

Maybe, you have already spoken with your dentist about this. Maybe they ground on some of your teeth or made you a plastic guard. But you know if it doesn’t feel right … you may have sensitivity or pain or headaches or grind your teeth. When your bite is not right, it puts a lot of pressure on the system and the teeth, muscles and joints break down over time. It gets worse.

Many people suffer, so most dentists treat this. They make you a plastic guard and have you bite on colored paper and then grind down some of your enamel or the plastic. A 2014 study showed that 95% of dentists guess the marks correctly less than 25% of the time. There is a reason why many people don’t get all the way better.

Computer based diagnostics were introduced to dentistry approximately 25 years ago. New technologies have continued to evolve. Modern technology products allow us to measure the body’s physiology … we call it biometrics. We measure how the teeth fit together, how much tension is in each muscle and what is happening inside the joint. There is no guessing. Measuring the biometrics of the body, we learn where it problem is, and then when we get it corrected.

Usually we can get your bite comfortable in 2 – 3 visits. The goal is getting the teeth and muscles to work in balanced harmony. Most people don’t wear a night guard after treatment. Dentists can only do this with the computer. Relying on paper marks is just guessing. Call us if you think we can help!!


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Missoula, MT 59807