What is occlusion?
If you've ever noticed that your teeth don't quite meet up correctly when you bite down, you may have a dental issue known as "occlusion." This term refers to the way your teeth fit together when your mouth is closed, and it can have a huge impact on your oral health. Occlusion problems can cause everything from jaw pain to headaches, and they can even lead to tooth decay and gum disease over time.
Here at the Indigo Dental practice in Jersey we provide T-Scan - Digital Occlusal Analysis - T-Scan™ to measure the level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite. This vital and cutting edge equipment can protect crowns, bridge and veneers, reduce risk from implant placing procedures, improve our clear aligner therapy, monitor patients’ occlusion and develop a bite treatment plan.
Additionally we use a Kois Deprogrammer - a plastic device that is removable and covers the hard palate in order to create a single point of contact between the lower central incisor and the anterior bite plane. In this way, we can evaluate your bite stability and identify the optimal jaw position or type of abnormal occlusion you’re experiencing.
What are the benefits and risks of having occlusion treatment?
When teeth are properly aligned, it can be easier to clean them effectively, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, occlusion treatment can also improve the function of the jaw, reducing the risk of issues such as TMJ disorder.
Patients who undergo occlusion treatment may also experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem, as their smile is likely to appear more aesthetically pleasing.
However, tooth sensitivity is a potential side effect. As teeth are moved into their new positions, it is common for patients to experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
During the initial consultation, one of our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and jaws to determine the cause of the problem. They may also use our T-scan machine to get a better idea of the severity of the issue. Based on the findings, they will then develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
Orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign or Spark braces, may be suggested to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. Alternatively, restorative treatment, such as crowns or bridges, to repair damaged teeth, and improve their alignment, may be recommended. In some cases, a combination of both orthodontic and restorative treatment may necessary.
After the treatment is complete, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your teeth and maintain the results of the treatment. This may include regular brushing and flossing, using a mouthguard to protect your teeth while playing sports, and avoiding hard or chewy foods that could damage your teeth. Occlusion treatment is a comprehensive process that requires careful planning and attention to detail. By working closely with your dentist and following their instructions, you can achieve a healthier, more aligned smile that will last for years to come.
What are the symptoms of having bite problems?
If your bite is not compatible with your jaw joint and muscles, you may experience difficulty chewing harder foods like nuts and chewing gum. You may also experience facial pain and wear on your teeth, which can lead to the need for frequent dental treatment. Bite problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including misaligned teeth, jaw issues, and even stress. Other symptoms may include headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain. Some people may also experience clicking or popping sounds when they open and close their mouth.
How do you evaluate my bite stability?
We will use our T-scan equipment to gain precise measurements on the bite stability and bite force of each of your individual teeth.
What are the different types of occlusion problems?
There are the three types of abnormal occlusal attrition - Constricted Path of Closure (PCP), Occlusal Dysfunction, and Parafunction (bruxism). Improving your bite can often resolve these issues.
What are occlusal diagnostics?
Occlusal diagnostics are a set of procedures used to evaluate and analyse the occlusion, or the way the teeth come together. This can include examining the bite, identifying any malocclusions or improper alignment, and assessing the overall health and function of the teeth and jaw.
What are the best treatments for occlusal problems?
Here at our Jersey practice we treat occlusal problems holistically, using cutting edge diagnostics technology and specialised equipment. If you are experiencing bite problems, or related symptoms, please get in touch to arrange a consultation with us. We can help.
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