Occlusal disease is a destructive process that can result from a bite in which the teeth are not properly aligned. Forces are applied to the teeth every time they meet. When the teeth are properly aligned, teeth, muscles, which work the jaw and the jaw joint, are designed to withstand these forces. But when bite discrepancies are present, this imbalance can cause problems with the teeth, muscles, jaw joint or a combination of all three. This disease process is the number one most common dental disorder, and at the same time, is the most undiagnosed dental disorder.
Implant, cosmetic, and general dentist Dr. Erik Mendelsohn warns of some possible symptoms of occlusal disease:
If occlusal disease is not treated, your TMJ, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, and tooth wear may slowly get worse over time.
If occlusal disease is not treated the problems may slowly get worse over time. Ultimately the teeth wear out prematurely and may be lost. Muscle and jaw problems can continue to cause discomfort. If treatment is delayed, damage becomes more severe and solutions more expensive.
Treatment can include mild reshaping of the teeth to stabilize the bite, restorations of worn teeth, orthodontic treatment (Invisalign or Six Month Smiles) to better align the teeth or a combination of all three. Dr. Erik Mendelsohn may also recommend a dental NTI device to help with nighttime tooth grinding.
If occlusal disease is diagnosed early, progression of the damage can be avoided and treatment can be much simpler.
The key to preventing occlusal disease begins with a thorough examination and diagnosis. Fortunately, this examination is part of a usual and customary dental exam at Serenity Smile Designs. With early intervention, more complicated problems can be avoided.
Contact us at Egg Harbor Township Office Phone Number (609) 646-1989 for more information about occlusal diseases and what steps you can take to prevent them. We look forward to hearing from you!
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