Morley Bite Stabilization
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Jeff Morley of the San Francisco Institute for Advanced Dental Learning has developed a new technique that has helped people feel better, look younger, and protect the health and longevity of their teeth. Dr. Ronald Klein is one of a select group of dentists around the country to be experienced in this remarkable new technique.
How Does the Bite Stabilization technique work?
Bite Stabilization utilizes Dental Bonding to allow all of your teeth to land at the same time when both jaw joints are seated in their sockets. This treatment does not hurt and is very conservative. That means that the patient does not typically need braces, new fillings or crowns. Novocain is not necessary because in most cases, drilling on teeth is not required.
Who would benefit from Bite Stabilization?
If you would answer “yes” to any of the following questions, Bite Stabilization could help you:
- My teeth seem worn down or too short.
- My teeth have chipped or broken.
- I don’t have a comfortable place to bite.
- My teeth have never seemed to land solidly.
- I know I clench or grind my teeth.
- I have experienced sore jaw muscles in the past.
- I have experienced headaches and neck aches in the past.
- I am contemplating having cosmetic work or veneers on my front teeth.
- I am considering having multiple crowns or bridges done on my back teeth.
- I have heard sounds (clicks, pops or grinding sounds) in one or both of my jaw joints.
- My smile seems “aged”.
If you answer, “yes” to two or more of these questions, we recommend that you consult Dr. Klein for a Comprehensive Bite Analysis.
Why does the technique work?
Studies have shown that when all of the teeth touch simultaneously in good places upon closure and when the jaw joints are properly seated when this happens, then all of the muscles of the face and jaws relax. Relaxed facial muscles make people look younger and reduce force in the system. When there is reduced force in the system, people feel better and their teeth, gums, dental restorations and jaw joints have the potential to last longer.
How much does the treatment cost?
Of course, the treatment costs vary depending on each patient’s circumstances and the complexity of their case. Very complex cases could be between $4500-$5500. Very simple cases might range from $2000 – $3000. If contemplating expensive dental treatment (cosmetic or crowns/implants) Bite Stabilization should be done first. It is very important to create your new dental restorations into a stable bite. That approach has the most predictable chances for increasing the longevity of your expensive dental treatment.
Will my insurance cover the Bite Stabilization procedure?
The simple answer is: Possibly. Depending upon the benefits of your plan, you may be entitled to partial reimbursement for the treatment. The fastest way to find out how much your plan will pay is to call your insurance carrier directly. Ask them if your plan has coverage for either or both of the following procedure codes: 09952 or 02663. Once you know your benefit, ask them what is your calendar year maximum. No matter what your benefit amount, you will never get more than your calendar year maximum.
What is my next step if I feel I might benefit from a Bite Stabilization?
Call or email our office. Before we can provide treatment, Dr. Klein will want to meet with you for about an hour. You should tell him everything about your problem and dental history. Next, special x-rays and tests might be recommended to find out more about your situation. Once the tests are analyzed, you will be given a report of Dr. Klein’s findings and you can discuss treatment options and costs.
New Tests Available for Clenching, Grinding, Tooth Wear and Bad Bites.
The Comprehensive Bite Analysis is a special test that takes about an hour to do and does not hurt. First, very accurate molds of the teeth are taken. Next, the patient’s bite is recorded in two different ways: once when their teeth come together for chewing and secondly, where the teeth would land when both jaw joints are properly aligned.
The rest of the analysis happens after the patient goes home. The molds are carefully mounted on a machine that shows when, where and which teeth touch in different chewing motions. This analysis creates a roadmap of good and bad touches that help Dr. Klein develop a plan to understand and improve your bite. You will receive a written report showing the results of your Comprehensive Bite Analysis.