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Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal Adjustment

Occlusal Adjustment in Madison and Florence, AL

Occlusal Adjustment in Florence, AL

Occlusal, or bite, adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly.  These interferences can prevent the jaw from closing in its anatomically correct position.  Interferences can develop as teeth develop, can occur following an accident, or they can accumulate over time with wear.  Dental work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions can also cause interferences. 

Interferences can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position.  This means that the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax.  This may result in severe headaches and neck aches.  Many develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, as their jaw seeks its natural position.  Bruxism can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums.  Overtime, patients may develop tempromandibular joint issues, or TMJ, if they go untreated.

How can I know if my bite is “off”?

During your examination, Dr. Lane will examine your jaw closely and may notice symptoms that your bite may be off.  Some symptoms include if the jaw does not open evenly on both sides, if the jaw makes a clicking noise as it opens, if the enamel has been ground away in certain areas, or if there are fractured teeth.  Chronic symptoms of bruxism, headaches or neck aches, are also clues that the bite may be off. 

How is my bite fixed?

Before the procedure begins, Dr. Lane will have you bite on a very thin piece of mylar paper.  The mylar paper transfers color to the areas where contact occurs.  Dr. Lane will then smooth the area where the marks have been left removing just enough of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference.  This process will be done on all areas where the mylar paper left color on the tooth until the jaw is able to get into its normal position.


Dr. John M. Lane, located in Madison and Florence, Alabama, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Decatur, Madison, Huntsville, and The Shoals, Alabama. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!


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Dr. John Lane is the only periodontist in North Alabama with American Board of Periodontology Certification.

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Dr. John Lane, Florence AL periodontist, is specially trained in the laser gum surgery procedure LANAP. Dr. Lane specializes in gum disease treatment, dental implants, and cosmetic periodontal surgery.

1912 Bruin Dr.

Florence AL 35630

Madison Office
34 Hughes Road, Suite A
Madison, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 417-6949
Toll Free: (888) 560-8048

Florence Office
1912 Bruin Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 712-4995
Fax: (256) 760-0176
info@laneperio.com