Occlusal (bite) problems are common in today’s society and can manifest in bite discomfort, awareness of the fit of the teeth, tooth sensitivity and bone loss around the teeth. If you have Occlusal Disease, treatment is important as many dental specialists consider Occlusal Disease the primary cause of tooth loss in the US.
WHAT IS OCCLUSAL DISEASE?
Occlusal (bite) Disease refers to problems created by imbalances in the way the teeth meet and function together. You may have Occlusal Disease without discomfort. Common symptoms include chipping appearance of the teeth, tooth wear, loss of tooth structure at the gum line, sensitivity and bone loss.
IF IT IS PAINLESS, DOES OCCLUSAL DISEASE NEED TREATMENT?
Many disease conditions exist in the body that are destructive, yet painless. In dental health, most commonly, Occlusal (bite) Disease and Periodontal (gum) Disease are commonly painless and are often related and quite destructive, leading to fractured teeth, bone loss, fractured fillings and tooth loss.
IS TREATMENT OF OCCLUSAL DISEASE COMPLICATED?
Often treatment is as simple as adjusting the shape of a few teeth or fabrication of a night-use bite guard. If you have Occlusal Disease, a thorough examination will reveal the problems, after which the most conservative and effective treatment will be recommended.