Occlusal disease develops when upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. “TMJ” problems, including pain, may occur as teeth wear against each other. Grinding teeth can make this problem much worse.Even in the absence of pain, the uneven bite is affecting tooth structure, bone, roots,gum tissue, and jaw joints. Excessive wear, cracks, fractures, tooth movement, tooth sensitivity, cavities, and gum disease can all be part of the occlusal disease process.
With appropriate therapy, tooth wear and premature aging of the mouth can be minimized. The highest standard of care consists of customized treatment, appropriate to the individual patient’s circumstance. Treatment of occlusal disease may include one or more of the following:
- Bite Splint Therapy
- Replacement of missing teeth, or
- Restoration of damaged teeth
For more information about occlusal disease, its diagnosis and treatment, visit www.pankeydentist.org