tooth emergencies
what to do for those unexpected toothaches
find a dentist
locate a dentist
in your area
tooth terms
basic and not so basic
glossary of tooth terms
   home > Your Teeth > Dentures, Removable > Common Denture Issues > Denture Adjustments > Denture Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment

find a dentist

my toothology

Your Teeth
Spiffy Teeth
Tooth Wizards
Tooth Emergencies
Teeth Rewards
Teeth Inside / Out
Tooth Rituals
Tooth Benefits
I want to be…
Toothy Kids
tooth terms

about toothology
our mission
toothology authors
contact us
terms of use

subscribers
why toothology?
subscriber programs

Printer Friendly
DC_E05222_VOLab Remnt

Denture Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment

The occlusion (bite) of a denture is critical to your ability to wear the denture successfully.  An uneven occlusion can lead to dentures which seem loose even though they fit the gums well.  Sore ridges can also be an indication that the occlusion of a denture is incorrect.

In order to analyze the occlusion of your denture, your dentist will watch very closely as your teeth come together.  If a slight adjustment is needed, your dentist will have you tap your teeth (bite) on some inked paper or ribbon to identify the teeth that need adjustment.  Your dentist may need to repeat this procedure several times to get your occlusion correct.

If your occlusion requires significant adjustment, your dentist will make a new recording of your bite.  He will use this recording to transfer your dentures back to a set of stone models of your teeth.  These models are mounted on an articulator, an instrument which simulates your jaw movements.  Here the adjustments can be made more rapidly and with greater precision than in your mouth.

©2001 - 2002 Toothology, Inc. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use. Contact us.
Optimized for MS Internet Explorer 5+ & Netscape 6+