Both the upper and lower arches of teeth come into contact with each other during daily activities such as when eating, resting and sleeping. The relationship between the arches is known as occlusion. If the teeth aren’t in proper balance, a patient can experience tenderness and pain and the teeth’s mobility can be affected. When any of these issues arise, the dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry can perform bite analysis with advanced technology, where the teeth’s stability is measured, along with the timing and level of force exerted by individual teeth. From the analysis, the dentists can determine which steps within cosmetic dentistry to take to fix current problems and prevent future issues.
Bite Analysis Reviews
"I had a great experience at WCD. The staff is very friendly and polite. Dr. Fordjour took his time explaining what he thought needed to be done to alleviate some tooth pain I was having and chose the least invasive option first. He was able to reshape my bite by contouring the porcelain inlays I have. Hopefully, this avoids the need for a root canal.The office is very pretty, calm and relaxing. "- P. / Demandforce / Feb 11, 2015
"Dr. Rinaldi is a wonderful, amazing person. So often we don't find this in a dentist. The man has a giant heart, is insanely talented and is humble enough to work to get it right. He has undone the damage of another terrible dentist, and I could not be more grateful. Beautiful person. Beautiful office. Amazing staff. I cannot say enough about how fortunate I feel having found this place."- L.R. / Yelp / Mar 29, 2016
"What an experience! Dr Deutsch, his associates and staff are the absolute best. A perfect blend of technical skill, customer service and beautiful upscale surroundings. I've been to many dental clinics in my time. None have compared to this one. I look forward to my appointments there."- K.W. / Google / Apr 06, 2016
"I've been visiting WCD since I moved to Washington eight years ago. Dr Dan Deutsch was recommended to me by the man who is now my husband, who had been seeing Dr Deutsch for years. I was born with a defect in the way my teeth developed and have spent much of my life in dentists' chairs, so this is an important factor in my well-being. I have never placed so much faith in a dentist's excellence before. Recently I had to replace ten front teeth due to broken crowns and old veneers that had eroded and had never been satisfactory, they were sort of like ill-fitting dentures. Drs Deutsch and Telis did the procedure as a team (think Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on a good day). In the preparation process they discovered that I had no bite owing to the way the veneers had been structured by my last dentist (who was senior faculty at the dental school of a reputable university), which had been the cause of chronic jaw problems. Now I have the most beautifully crafted teeth and, as a bonus, they actually work properly. I also want to recommend their highly-skilled hygenists and dental assistants - everyone I've had contact with is efficient *and* fun to be around, not something one expects from a visit to the dentist."- Google User / Google / Aug 27, 2011
"Well-run with really great hygienist and dentists. The front staff and billing dept are professional, knowledgeable, and courteous (a rarity in DC). My hygienist is Raquel and she is fantastic - cleanings never hurt and she is very gentle. Dr. Telis is a great dentist who actually gets to know his patients. This is the only dentist I've ever been to where they check things like the symmetry of your bite and extensively explain everything - they go the extra mile to make patients happy and keep their teeth in top condition."- Google User / Google / Aug 27, 2011
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All About Occlusion
Occlusion is a dental term that describes the way in which our teeth touch together when they are closed. You can think of teeth like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, where each tooth’s distinctive shape allows it to fit with the others. When there are no occlusion issues, the teeth, jaw and muscle will all work together in perfect harmony and there are no pain, disease or trauma issues. However, just like how each person is unique, so is each person’s occlusion. Therefore, the dentist will determine what is normal occlusion for that particular patient. A dentist will use bite analysis to determine whether or not a bad bite, or malocclusion, exists. If it does, a cosmetic dentistry correction is needed to maintain the mouth’s proper balance and health.
Signs of Bite Dysfunction
If bite dysfunction exists, here are some of the most common signs:
- Uncomfortable bite
- Worn teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Facial pain
- Sore or stiff jaw muscles
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Gum recession
If signs of a bad bite are ignored and the problems progress, the damage can become so extensive that full mouth reconstruction becomes the only option to correct the problem.
When is Bite Analysis Used?
Bite analysis is used when any of the signs of a bad bite appear such as worn or broken teeth, loose teeth, bone loss and/or facial muscle pain. In addition, bite analysis is useful before and after any orthodontic treatments, prior to crown, bridge, implant or denture procedures and before creating customized mouth/bite guards.
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In order to diagnose and repair any number of dental issues, the dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry will often start with a bite analysis to assess your teeth to get to the bottom of what's going on. Whether you need to transform broken or chipped teeth, stop teeth grinding or treat facial pain and discomfort, our dentists will use state-of-the-art technology to check out your bite and any problems that may exist. From there, they can devise a customized treatment plan unique to you. We invite you to contact our office in Washington, DC today to set up an appointment for bite analysis to start your journey toward a happier, healthier mouth.