Orofacial Pain and Bite Analysis
Dr. Mazzella dedicates himself to the study and treatment of occlusion, which is the way your teeth bite and fit together. As a graduate of the Dawson Academy, he is trained in the concept of complete dentistry. This prioritizes understanding the function and structure of biting and chewing, both to maintain a balanced bite as well as correcting an unbalanced one.
Depending on the treatment needs, Dr. Mazzella may recommend taking advanced records of your mouth which he can use to create a measured treatment plan. These records include a series of photographs, impressions, a questionnaire, and measurements; replicating your mouth and jaw in relation so he can make the best-informed recommendations and options for your case.
Another measurement and treatment that can reduce jaw pain and tooth wear is an occlusal adjustment, where Dr. Mazzella will use a wand-like tool with an arched paper that reads how your teeth hit when they bite and grind together. He can then make recommendations for smoothing out high points in the bite, which is often a less invasive treatment than other kinds of restorations, and can slow down or prevent breaks and wear.