Occlusion is the contact that occurs between your lower and upper teeth while chewing or at rest.

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Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison

Occlusion is the relationship or contact that occurs between your lower and upper teeth while chewing or at rest. Ideally, the arch of each of your lower and upper teeth should contact each other at the same time when you close your mouth; however, some patient’s teeth make contact before others, which is referred to as malocclusion, or incorrect or misalignment between teeth. Malocclusion can be caused by a variety of factors, including missing teeth, oral habits (tongue thrusting, thumb-sucking, etc.), congenital defects, or most commonly, a mismatch in size between the teeth and jaw.

Over time, untreated malocclusion can cause a range of oral health issues, such as the following:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues
  • Bruxism
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Neckaches
  • Gum or bone recession
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Damaged nerves or muscle
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Muscle or joint spasms in jaw, neck, or face
  • Increased risk of developing periodontal disease

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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629 North Galena Avenue, Suite 230
Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
(608) 208-1576
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5709 Odana Rd
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 416-5205
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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What to Expect During the Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment Process

Your occlusal adjustment treatment will be informed by the type of malocclusion you have, as well as any underlying issues that have created this issue. There are several different types of malocclusions, including overcrowding, overbite, underbite, overjet, crossbite, impacted tooth, and open bite. Prior to performing an occlusal adjustment, an occlusal analysis will be conducted, which will involve an examination of your bite to test for stability, balance, and proper positioning. In some cases, it may be necessary to take a cast or digital scan of the patient’s teeth and/or perform an X-Ray or other diagnostic test. Once we have determined the dynamics of your bite, which includes location, timing, and occlusal force, a treatment plan will be developed to restore your bite to a harmonious balance.

Oftentimes, malocclusion can be corrected by simply removing excessive tooth structure that is causing teeth to make contact at different times. This corrective treatment option for malocclusion simply requires the removal of microscopic layers of the teeth, followed by an examination to test the bite. Once enough layers have been removed and the bite is properly adjusted, the occlusal adjustment process will be complete.

In other cases, it may be necessary to repair teeth that have chipped, cracked, or are broken, or replace fillings that have become loosened or no longer fit the natural contours of your surrounding natural teeth. Dental fillings can also be used to reshape chipped teeth, or dental crowns may be placed to increase depth to a tooth. Oftentimes orthodontic treatment is also included in the occlusal adjustment process, such as braces or Invisalign.

Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment and TMJ Treatment

Occlusal analysis and adjustment is a common method for patients with TMJ disorder. Patients who are diagnosed with TMJ may receive an occlusal adjustment, which can significantly improve TMJ symptoms, although the occlusal adjustment will often have to be performed in addition to one of the following TMJ treatment options:

  • TMJ arthroscopy:A minimally invasive surgical procedure that corrects TMJ by removing inflamed tissue or adjusting misaligned part of the jaw joint.
  • BOTOX/Corticosteroid Injections:Alleviates TMJ symptoms by injecting BOTOX into the joint.
  • Arthrocentesis: Small needles irrigate fluid to remove inflammatory byproducts and debris from the joint.
  • Modified condylotomy: Joint space is surgically increased to correct locking and alleviate TMJ symptoms.
  • Open-joint surgery: An effective method of treating TMJ through surgical replacement, repositioning, or repair of the jaw joint.

If you have been experiencing TMJ symptoms (jaw pain, joints locking, difficulty chewing) talk to your periodontist to see if an occlusal analysis and adjustment can correct these issues.

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Cost of Occlusal Analysis and Adjustment

The cost of occlusal analysis and adjustment will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, what procedures are performed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.

Periodontal Care You Can Trust at Featherstone

At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care.  Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.

To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for an occlusal analysis and adjustment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.