Occlusal Adjustments in Houston, TX

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Occlusal or bite adjustments improve function or oral morphology through modification of tooth surfaces. Teeth grinding issues at night may be the cause of discomfort or malfunction for patients. The adjustment may be necessary to remove interferences from your teeth due to previous dental work, such as crowns or fillings. The procedure also treats misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, a poor bite, and other dental problems.


The most common justification for Dr. Nicosia to perform an occlusal adjustment is when a patient presents with a lack of stability and tooth mobility due to boneless as a result of periodontal disease. Making adjustments to your bite can do the following:

  • Promote greater tooth stability
  • Correct problems with biting and chewing
  • Relieve difficult breathing
  • Reduce the risk of gingivitis

The results of occlusal adjustment cannot be reversed so with 30 years of experience in periodontal dentistry, Dr. Nicosia will spend significant study time on tooth surfaces, bite contact, and dental impressions before the procedure is performed. Discomfort or pain are potential side effects of the bite adjustments, but they are usually mild.

At Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc., we believe that occlusal adjustments can bring numerous benefits to our patients in Houston, TX. Some of the most notable ones include:

  • Improved oral function: By addressing issues with your bite, we can improve your ability to chew and speak properly.
  • Relief from discomfort: Occlusal adjustments can help alleviate pain or discomfort caused by misaligned teeth, a poor bite, or other dental problems.
  • Better overall oral health: By promoting better tooth stability and reducing the risk of gingivitis, occlusal adjustments can contribute to your overall oral health.
  • Personalized treatment: Dental treatment is always tailored to your unique needs and concerns, ensuring that you receive the best possible results.

Occlusal adjustment is a precision dental procedure offered by Dr. Nicosia at his practice in Houston, TX, that can significantly improve the comfort and functionality of your bite. Ideal candidates for this treatment are individuals experiencing frequent headaches, jaw pain, or discomfort due to irregularities in how their teeth come together (malocclusion). This procedure is also beneficial for those who have uneven tooth wear, grind their teeth (bruxism), or have had previous dental work such as crowns or bridges that may have altered their bite over time. If you often feel that your teeth do not fit together correctly when you bite down, an occlusal adjustment might be the solution to restore harmony to your jaw’s movement and overall dental health. By finely reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth, Dr. Nicosia can help you achieve a smoother, more aligned bite that prevents further oral health issues.

Dr Nicosia was my dentist over 20 years ago before I moved to another city. He is the best and very knowledgeable in his field. I still have my teeth so that is definitely due to his expertise in gum surgery and teeth care. My husband recently started having dental issues and needed to get expert care so of course we made the trip to Houston to see the expert. We are both extremely happy with the dental experience Dr Nicosia and his staff provide for our family.

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Being a patient of Dr. Patrick Nicosia for the past 30 plus years has been a real pleasure. Dr. Nicosia and his staff make you feel welcome and relaxed when attending appointments. There is never an ounce of anxiety when sitting in the dentist chair. Over the past 30 years, even with changes, Dr. Nicosia and his staff have continued to exceed my expectations, they have always been kind and courteous, going above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. Thank you Dr. Nicosia and your entire staff for making my visits to your office some of my best experiences.

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I and two other family members have used Dr. Nicosia over the past 10 years for dental implants. He’s absolutely the best! He is passionate about his work, uses the latest technology and is honest, kind and professional. His staff is equally excellent. I wouldn’t go to anyone else and I always recommend him to anyone needing dental work.

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To ensure your teeth meet at the correct points and reduce frequent jaw pain, stress headaches, or migraines, you may want to consider a bite adjustment. Using advanced technology and equipment, Dr. Nicosia can create an ideal bite. Schedule an appointment with Patrick V. Nicosia, D.D.S., M.S., Inc. in Houston, TX to learn more.

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Why would someone need an occlusal adjustment?

Reasons can vary, but generally, it's for people who experience discomfort or pain when biting, have recently had dental restorations like crowns or fillings, or suffer from frequent headaches and jaw pain. The adjustment aims to balance the bite, reducing stress on the jaw joint.

What's the difference between an occlusal adjustment and orthodontic treatment?

While both aim to correct bite issues, orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign focus on repositioning teeth over time. Occlusal adjustments are more immediate, focusing on reshaping the biting surfaces to achieve better alignment quickly.

Can an occlusal adjustment prevent future dental issues?

While an occlusal adjustment can alleviate current symptoms, it's not a guarantee against future dental issues. Regular dental check-ups are vital to maintaining a healthy bite and overall oral health.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.