Occlusal Disease – Do You Have It?

Could You Possibly Have Occlusal Disease?

Occlusal DiseaseOcclusal disease is an abnormal condition of the way teeth fit together (the bite) that causes damage to the teeth and or the supporting structures surrounding the teeth. An occlusal disease condition can be a major cause of headaches (including migraines), sore, loose, fractured, broken, and worn teeth. Clenching and tooth grinding either during the day or when sleeping is a major symptom of Occlusal Disease. Tight and sore muscles of the head and neck are also symptoms of occlusal disease.

If you think you may have Occlusal Disease ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Do you have frequent headaches?

2.  Do you clench or grind your teeth?

3.  Do you have worn or broken teeth?

4.  Do you have loose teeth?

5.  Are your jaws sore or tired when you wake up?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions Occlusal Disease may be the cause.

What do you do if you think you have Occlusal Disease?

We find it mandatory to do a complete and thorough examination and analysis to determine the causative factors in Occlusal Disease. This analysis will consist of a thorough history, models, bite records, Occlusal analysis, and guidance of the jaw with load testing, doppler exam, and T-Scan force analysis.

In many instances the condition and position of the TMJ’S (Temporomandibular joints) either cause or contribute to Occlusal Disease.

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