What is occlusal disease?
Occlusal disease is a way to describe how the teeth fit togeher and can cause a number of issues for our patients. Over half the US population suffers from some form of occlusal disease. Occlusal disease is a large umbella that includes:
- Tooth wear due to grinding and clenching
- Teeth cracking or breaking
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
- TMD symptoms
- Muscle pain
How do I know if I have occusal disease?
If you have misaligned teeth (crowding or spacing), malocclusion (crossbite, underbite, or overbite) or any other form of irregular alignment, you could be suffering from occlusal disease.
During your exams, Dr. Wollschlager evaluates the alignment of your teeth, as well as your jaw structure. If any form of occlusal disease is diagnosed, a comprehensive treatment plan will be discussed with you.
How can I fix occlusal disease?
There are many ways that we can correct malocclusion and other parafunctional habits. These treatments include:
- Orthodontic treatment
- Bite guards
- Trigger point injections
- Orthotic devices
Many people believe that tooth wear, gum recession, and TMJ issues are apart of the aging process. However, many patients will experience relief of symptoms, stop the breakdown of the periodontium, and avoid costly dental treatment in the long run if properly treated for occlusal disease.