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Bite Balancing

Achieve Harmony & Comfort with Bite Balancing

Discover the key to a healthier, more comfortable bite at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. Our Bite Balancing service utilizes advanced techniques to adjust how your teeth come together, alleviating stress on your jaw and improving overall function. With over 30 years of experience, our dedicated team ensures each adjustment enhances your dental health and quality of life, providing relief from discomfort and preventing future complications. Trust us to bring balance to your bite and harmony to your smile.

Precision Analysis

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we utilize advanced technology and techniques for precision occlusal analysis. Our dentists thoroughly evaluate the alignment of your bite, identifying any areas of imbalance or dysfunction. This comprehensive assessment allows us to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to address your specific needs and restore harmony to your bite.

Customized Adjustment

With our expertise in bite balancing, we offer customized bite adjustment solutions to optimize your oral health and comfort. Using precise dental instruments, our skilled dentists make targeted adjustments to the surfaces of your teeth to achieve proper alignment and balance. This personalized approach ensures optimal function and reduces the risk of issues such as tooth wear, TMJ disorders, and jaw pain.

Comprehensive Approach

Bite balancing is an integral part of our comprehensive approach to oral health and wellness at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. We understand that a harmonious bite is essential for overall oral function and comfort. By addressing bite discrepancies and promoting proper alignment, we help our patients enjoy improved dental health and enhanced quality of life.

Achieve Harmony and Comfort with Bite Balancing

Bite balancing, also known as occlusal adjustment, is a specialized dental procedure offered at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care to optimize the alignment and function of your bite. By carefully adjusting the contact points between your teeth, our skilled dentists can alleviate discomfort, reduce the risk of dental problems, and promote overall oral health and well-being.

Bite Balancing FAQ's

Bite balancing, also known as occlusal adjustment or bite equilibration, is a dental procedure that involves making adjustments to the biting surfaces of the teeth to achieve a more harmonious bite relationship. It aims to balance the forces exerted on the teeth and surrounding structures when the jaws come together, improving comfort, function, and overall oral health.

A misaligned bite, also known as malocclusion, can lead to various oral health problems, including jaw pain, headaches, tooth wear, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bite balancing may be recommended to correct issues such as uneven tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, difficulty chewing or speaking, jaw muscle fatigue, or clicking or popping noises in the jaw joint.

Bite balancing is typically performed by a dentist or prosthodontist using various techniques and instruments to assess the bite relationship and make necessary adjustments. This may involve selectively reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth, removing small amounts of enamel, or adjusting dental restorations such as crowns or fillings. The goal is to achieve a stable and comfortable bite position that distributes forces evenly across the teeth.

Bite balancing can offer several benefits, including improved chewing efficiency, reduced risk of tooth wear and damage, alleviation of jaw pain and discomfort, enhanced stability of dental restorations, and prevention of future dental problems associated with malocclusion. By achieving a more harmonious bite relationship, patients can enjoy greater comfort and function in their daily activities.

While bite balancing can provide significant improvement in bite harmony and function, it may not be a permanent solution in all cases. Factors such as changes in tooth position, dental restorations, or jaw function over time may necessitate further adjustments or maintenance to maintain the balance achieved through bite balancing. Regular dental check-ups and adjustments may be recommended to monitor the stability of the bite relationship.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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