My Teeth Look Old and Worn, How Can I Save My Smile?Occlusal Disease is the new guy on the block. We know that gum disease destroys gums and bone. And cavities destroy tooth structure. We now have Occlusal disease that destroys tooth structure by grinding the tooth surfaces away…just as sure as cavities eat away tooth structure.
Since the early 2000’s, we have been recognizing that nocturnal bruxism, or night time grinding, may be biologically inseparable from sleep apnea and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). So, it’s no longer thought of as a dental problem only. Your whole-body health is a risk.
It’s a simple matter of knowing what to look for…to save your appearance and preserve your well-being.
Call Donna at 757-349-8877 and let’s talk.
“Occlusion” refers to the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper arch, how it is affected by the way teeth contact one another. Occlusal disease occurs when that relationship is out of balance and tooth structure is damaged or destroyed. This area of dentistry is often overlooked but is essential to oral health and quality of life. Dr. Peter Evans brings accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to patients in the Williamsburg area.
Dr. Evans Addresses Occlusal Disease
Diagnosing Occlusal DiseaseDr. Evans begins with a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw joints.
He also talks with you about symptoms such as:
- Teeth that have shifted.
- Teeth showing unusual wear.
- Chipped teeth.
- Gum recession.
- Jaw joint pain (TMJ disorders).
- Muscle tension headaches, around the jaw joint or at the temples.
Bite AdjustmentBite adjustment is a personalized combination of techniques to distribute bite pressures evenly:
- Occlusal equilibration – reshaping chewing surfaces to resolve spots with excessive pressure.
- Replacement of worn or ill-fitting fillings and crowns.
- Restoration of chipped, cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth.
- Use of an oral splint. This small plastic device is worn at night, through the day, or both, to keep teeth slightly apart.
- An occlusal mouthguard, worn at night protects teeth from clenching and grinding, and reduces strain on the jaw.
- Possible referral to an orthodontist for alignment of crooked teeth.
Occlusal disease is easy to overlook, but serious enough to cost you your teeth. Schedule a visit at our Williamsburg, VA office to find out if you can benefit from bite adjustment. Our number is 757-349-8877.