Occlusal disease is an often overlooked and sometimes “silent” oral disease that many patients dismiss as “natural aging” or wearing of teeth. In reality, occlusal disease is an unbalanced bite that can at best wear and damage your teeth and at worst, contribute to eventual tooth loss and/or debilitating TMJ disorders.
In much the same way as a set of tires that are not aligned properly wear faster and do not perform optimally, an unbalanced bite can lead to excessive and abnormally accelerated tooth wear
If the teeth get too much or uneven pressure when they come together, this can lead to occlusal disease. Occlusal disease can cause many symptoms:
1. Worn teeth
2. Sensitive teeth: to pressure, hot and cold
3. Teeth breaking or fracturing
4. Muscle disharmony (soreness, spasm, and pain)
5. Sore teeth
6. Loose teeth
7. TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorders)
1. The oral cancer exam is extremely important. An example is the value of early detection.
2. Periodontal (gum disease). An exam of the gum tissues is an important factor in insuring longevity of the teeth.
3. Early detection of dental caries (tooth decay) can prevent pain and tooth loss.
4. Bite analysis and evaluation is a must to achieve long term dental health and preventing occlusal disease.
In some cases, due to health restrictions, time restraints or cost issues the total treatment required cannot be done in a given time. It’s extremely important, when possible; to do the basic treatment needed to keep conditions from worsening. Hence a “Holding Program” in many instances can be planned. Sometimes the treatment can be staged over several years.