An occlusal adjustment is done when you are having issues biting down in alignment. This can cause pain to one or more areas of the mouth as well as prevent you from being able to eat normally. Malocclusion can also be frustrating because you may feel your smile is "off" and doesn't close properly.
The procedure for occlusal adjustment is done easily and relatively quickly in the office. A thin piece of paper covered in a colored powder is used to check for signs of malocclusion. In areas where the paper is able to hit and transfer its powder, the dentist will file the area down for a more comfortable bite.
Some of the main reasons you'd have issues with malocclusion include:
• Uneven fillings
• Crowns and bridge work that have shifted
• Uneven teeth that don't bite down correctly
• Areas where extractions have been done or teeth are missing