Occlusion in relation to teeth refers to how your teeth “fit together”, when the upper and lower jaw close. If your teeth fit together incorrectly, they can become damaged, wear out, break, move and lose supporting bone. You may also feel pain in your masticatory muscles or a clicking sound in the temporomandibular joint. It is important to diagnose and treat any disorder in the temporomandibular joint, masticatory muscles and dental occlusion in time in order to prevent serious future problems.
Therapeutic interventions can range from simple counselling, to exercises, anti-inflammatory therapy or occlusal stabilization splints worn at night. Many patients with extensive restorative work and implants may also need occlusal splints before treatment, to identify the position of the mandible and after treatment to protect the porcelain.