A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage.
It is destructive when teeth show wear, become loose, or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. The therapy may include:
Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressure when the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
A custom fabricated and adjusted acrylic bite splint (also called a nightguard) may also be used to treat bite problems, loose teeth, and chronic headaches.