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The Dental Clinic Radlett

Occlusal Therapy in Radlett, Hertfordshire

Experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or worn teeth? Explore the transformative potential of occlusal therapy. Our specialised dental team is here to diagnose and treat your bite-related issues, alleviating discomfort and restoring your oral health.

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Occlusal Therapy Hertfordshire - The Dental Clinic Radlett

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Our specialised dental team is here to diagnose and treat your bite-related issues, alleviating discomfort and restoring your oral health.

Occlusal Therapy Hertfordshire - The Dental Clinic Radlett

What is Occlusion Therapy?

Occlusion therapy, also known as occlusal therapy or occlusal adjustment, is a dental procedure aimed at improving the alignment and functioning of a patient’s bite, or the way their upper and lower teeth come together when they close their mouth. The goal of occlusion therapy is to achieve a harmonious and balanced bite, where the teeth meet correctly and function efficiently. Key aspects of occlusion therapy include:

  1. Identification of Bite Issues: Our dentist carefully examines the patient’s bite to identify any problems such as misalignment, uneven tooth contact, or irregularities in how the upper and lower teeth fit together.
  2. Treatment Planning: Based on the evaluation, the dentist develops a treatment plan to address the specific bite issues. This plan may involve adjustments to the teeth or dental restorations such as dental crowns or dental bridges.
  3. Adjustments: Occlusion therapy may include making precise adjustments to the biting surfaces of the teeth. This can involve reshaping, leveling, or modifying the tooth surfaces to achieve a more even and balanced bite.
  4. Restorations: In cases of severe bite problems, the dentist may recommend dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or orthodontic treatment to correct the bite and align the teeth properly.
  5. Benefits: Occlusion therapy aims to improve the overall oral health of the patient by reducing the risk of dental issues like tooth wear, fractures, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. It can also enhance the patient’s comfort when chewing, speaking, and functioning.
  6. Follow-Up: Patients may require follow-up appointments to monitor the progress of occlusion therapy and make additional adjustments if needed to achieve the desired bite alignment.

Common Problems Associated with Occlusion Discrepancies

Occlusion discrepancies, or issues with the alignment and functioning of the bite, can lead to several common dental problems and oral health issues. These problems often arise when the upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly or when there is an imbalance in the way the jaws come together. Here are some common problems associated with occlusion discrepancies:

  1. Tooth Wear: Uneven contact between teeth can lead to excessive wear on specific teeth, causing them to become worn down, flattened, or even chipped.
  2. Tooth Sensitivity: As teeth wear down, the dentin layer beneath the enamel may become exposed, leading to increased tooth sensitivity, especially to hot, cold, or sweet substances.
  3. Fractured Teeth: Bite imbalances and irregularities can create excessive stress on certain teeth, making them more prone to fractures and cracks.
  4. TMJ Disorders: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can result from bite issues. Patients may experience jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, headaches, and difficulty opening or closing their mouths comfortably.
  5. Gum Recession: Incorrect bite alignment can cause uneven pressure on the gums, leading to gum recession. Receding gums can expose the tooth roots, increasing sensitivity and the risk of cavities in these areas.
  6. Jaw Pain: Misaligned bites can place stress on the jaw joints and muscles, leading to chronic jaw pain, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
  7. Difficulty Chewing: An imbalanced bite can make it challenging to chew food effectively, leading to inefficient digestion and potential nutritional issues.
  8. Speech Problems: Severe bite discrepancies can affect speech patterns and lead to speech impediments or difficulties in articulating certain sounds.
  9. Headaches and Facial Pain: Bite problems can cause tension and strain in the facial muscles, leading to headaches and facial pain.
  10. Oral Health Complications: Bite issues can create areas where food particles and bacteria accumulate more easily, increasing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
  11. Orthodontic Problems: Occlusion discrepancies can contribute to orthodontic issues such as crowded or misaligned teeth, requiring orthodontic treatment to correct.

Opening Hours

  • Monday | 08.30 – 19.30
  • Tuesday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Wednesday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Thursday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Friday | 08.30 – 14.00
  • Saturday | Closed
  • Sunday | Closed

Tailored Occlusal Therapies

At The Dental Clinic Radlett, we understand the importance of achieving optimal occlusion for your overall oral health and well-being. That’s why we offer comprehensive occlusal therapies, including occlusal adjustments and splint therapy.

Occlusal Adjustments

Our skilled dental professionals can perform occlusal adjustments to correct misaligned teeth and ensure that your bite functions harmoniously. This can alleviate toothache and reduce premature tooth wear, providing relief from associated discomfort. Here are key aspects of occlusal adjustments:

  1. Diagnosis: The process begins with a thorough evaluation by our dentist to diagnose any issues with the patient’s bite. This may involve assessing how the teeth come together, identifying irregularities, and determining the cause of the bite problem.
  2. Identifying High Spots: High spots or areas where the teeth make excessive contact when the jaws close are identified. These high spots can lead to bite problems and discomfort.
  3. Adjustments: Using dental instruments, the dentist carefully reshapes and smoothes the high spots on the teeth. This process can involve removing small amounts of tooth material to achieve the desired bite alignment.
  4. Balancing the Bite: The goal of occlusal adjustments is to balance the bite, ensuring that the forces applied to the teeth and jaws are distributed evenly. This reduces the risk of excessive wear, fractures, and discomfort.
  5. Comfort and Functionality: Occlusal adjustments aim to improve the patient’s comfort when biting and chewing. By achieving a balanced bite, patients can experience less strain on the jaw joints and facial muscles.
  6. Preventing Dental Issues: Addressing bite irregularities through occlusal adjustments can help prevent dental problems such as tooth wear, fractures, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
  7. Customised Treatment: Occlusal adjustments are tailored to each patient’s specific needs, taking into account their bite pattern and the severity of the irregularities.
  8. Follow-Up: After the adjustments are made, the patient may need to return for follow-up appointments to ensure that the bite remains balanced and comfortable.
  9. Orthodontic Considerations: In some cases, occlusal adjustments may be combined with orthodontic treatment to achieve the best possible bite alignment.

Splint Therapy

For more complex cases, we offer splint therapy, which involves using a custom-made appliance to help reposition your jaw and improve occlusion. This can address issues such as jaw pain, clicking, and muscle tenderness, ultimately alleviating headaches and improving overall comfort. Here are key aspects of splint therapy:

  1. Indications: Splint therapy is typically recommended when one or more teeth have become loose or mobile due to factors such as periodontal (gum) disease, trauma, or bone loss. It is also used to stabilise teeth following dental trauma, surgery, or orthodontic treatment.
  2. Stabilisation: The primary goal of splint therapy is to stabilise the affected teeth, preventing further mobility and damage. By bonding the loose tooth or teeth to adjacent stable teeth, the forces exerted during biting and chewing are distributed more evenly.
  3. Types of Splints: There are various types of splints used in dental therapy, including fixed splints (permanently bonded), removable splints (can be removed by the dentist), and temporary splints (used for short-term stabilisation, such as after surgery or trauma).
  4. Materials: Splints can be made from various materials, including composite resin, wire, fiberglass, or acrylic. The choice of material depends on the specific clinical situation and the dentist’s preference.
  5. Customised Treatment: Splint therapy is customised to the individual patient’s needs. The dentist assesses the condition of the affected teeth, determines the most suitable type of splint, and ensures a proper fit.
  6. Oral Health Benefits: Splinting helps prevent further tooth mobility and can promote the healing of periodontal tissues (gums and bone) by reducing stress on the affected teeth.
  7. Comfort and Function: Patients often experience improved comfort when eating and speaking after undergoing splint therapy. The stabilised teeth can function more effectively, and there is less risk of discomfort or pain associated with mobile teeth.
  8. Maintenance: Depending on the type of splint used, patients may need to follow specific oral hygiene and maintenance instructions. Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the condition of the splint and the stability of the teeth.
  9. Temporary or Permanent Solution: Splint therapy can be either a temporary or permanent solution, depending on the underlying dental issue and the patient’s long-term treatment plan.

With our tailored occlusal therapies, we aim to reduce your symptoms and, in most cases, completely resolve the underlying problem. Your comfort and oral health are our top priorities, and we’re here to ensure that your bite is in perfect harmony.

If you’re experiencing any of the issues mentioned or suspect problems with your occlusion, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team. Together, we’ll work towards restoring your oral health and enhancing your overall quality of life through effective occlusion therapy.

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Why Choose The Dental Clinic Radlett for Occlusion Therapy?

When you choose The Dental Clinic Radlett for occlusion therapy, you’re choosing a trusted partner in your journey toward improved bite alignment and oral health.

  1. Expertise in Occlusion Therapy: Our experienced dental team specialises in occlusion therapy and has a proven track record of successfully addressing bite-related issues. We have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat various bite irregularities effectively.
  2. Affordable Options: We believe in making occlusion therapy accessible to all. Our occlusion bite guard options start from just £300, ensuring that patients have access to effective and budget-friendly solutions for their bite concerns.
  3. Customised Treatment Plans: We understand that every patient is unique. Our approach to occlusion therapy involves creating personalised treatment plans tailored to each individual’s specific bite pattern and needs.
  4. State-of-the-Art Technology: Our clinic is equipped with advanced dental technology, including diagnostic tools and digital imaging, which allow for precise evaluation and treatment planning in occlusion therapy.
  5. Comprehensive Care: Beyond occlusion therapy, we offer a wide range of dental services to address all aspects of oral health. Our holistic approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care to maintain their overall well-being.
  6. Patient-Centred Approach: Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all our patients, providing a positive dental experience.
  7. Proactive Preventive Care: We emphasise preventive dental care, educating patients on maintaining their oral health to reduce the need for extensive occlusion therapy or other dental treatments in the future.
  8. Transparency and Education: We believe in transparency and ensure that our patients fully understand their occlusion therapy options. We provide education and information, allowing patients to make informed decisions about their treatment.
  9. Proven Results: Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the successful outcomes of occlusion therapy for our patients. We aim to restore comfort, function, and oral health effectively.
  10. Convenient Location: Located in Radlett, our clinic is easily accessible to residents of Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas, making it convenient for dental visits.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if I have an occlusion problem?

Common signs include toothache, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, headaches, and discomfort in facial muscles. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s advisable to consult with a dentist for an evaluation.

Are occlusion problems common, or are they rare?

Occlusion problems are relatively common, and many people experience them to some degree. The severity of the issue can vary from mild discomfort to more significant problems that require treatment.

Is occlusion therapy a one-time procedure, or will I need multiple sessions?

The extent of occlusion therapy required depends on the specific issue and its complexity. Some cases may be resolved with a single occlusal adjustment, while others may require ongoing splint therapy or additional adjustments over time.

Are occlusion therapies painful?

Occlusion therapies are typically not painful. In fact, they are designed to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with occlusion problems. Your dentist will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Can children undergo occlusion therapy, or is it primarily for adults?

Occlusion therapy can be suitable for both children and adults, depending on their specific dental issues. Your dentist will evaluate whether it’s appropriate for your child and discuss the most suitable treatment options.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Barry Shaw
Barry Shaw
The best care ever here if you are nervous don't be you couldn't be in better hands my wife Sally is extremely nervous and Simon always manages to calm her so she can get the care she needs we have been seeing Simon for many years if he ever moves we will have to as well thank you so much Simon Lilly and everyone else at The Dental Clinic
Natasha Brookner
Natasha Brookner
Dr Simon Assor is a sheer genius. Empathetic, Professional and a superb dentist. Wouldn’t got anywhere else.
Kevin O'Reilly
Kevin O'Reilly
Really pleased with the standard of care and professionalism. Maya explained everything throughout. Highly recommend.
Alda Lipe
Alda Lipe
Excellent service at dental clinic Radlett .Maya removed my daughter’s molar tooth and she made her feel safe and secure .The receptionist is always helpful too. I wouldn’t be happier about their service.
Haeima Khanam
Haeima Khanam
Excellent Service, Simon is the best dentist and he really makes the children feel at ease and happy to visit the dentist.
Not far In the past
Not far In the past
After an accident on my bike, I cracked my 3 front teeth. After 2 visits, you would never know I had anything wrong. Maya was extremely caring and thorough and did an excellent job. I am absolutely delighted with the result and the excellent service of the dental clinic.
Bobbie Williams
Bobbie Williams
Maya is amazing. So good with children my son was so calm and even smiling while she took his bad tooth out. Highly recommend
Justin D
Justin D
Best dentists and hygienists run by great team and professionals highly recommend
Mel Hancock
Mel Hancock
I saw Maya to get composite bonding done and I couldn’t be happier! She explained the treatment step by step and felt at ease the whole time - would highly recommend 😊
Nacho Arance
Nacho Arance
First time going to the dentist after years. Had a checkout, was quite scared but I had Maya as my dentist and all my fears went away quickly. She is so attentive, make so many questions and give me great advice to take care of my dental hygiene from now on. Great visit with a wholesome dentist.

How to Find Us in Hertfordshire

We are conveniently located at 📍359 Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7LB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or public transportation with ease.