Treatment for Occlusal Disease in Boston, MA
Occlusal disease is a term that is not frequently mentioned, yet it can have an extremely destructive effect on the mouth. Every time your teeth meet, it is with great force. When the teeth are in proper alignment, the jaw joints and muscles can withstand these forces. However, when teeth are not properly aligned, it causes an imbalance which can lead to damage of the teeth, muscles, and joints. At the office of Anjum A. Ansari DMD in Boston, MA we can effectively diagnose and correct occlusal disease in patients.
Occlusal disease explained
There are several things that can lead to occlusal disease, but the most common are grinding or clenching of the teeth, crooked teeth, or an unbalanced bite. When the bite is not balanced properly, the repetitive stress of the unbalanced forces often translates into symptoms in the teeth, the joint, the muscles, or all three.
Symptoms of occlusal disease
Occlusal disease is often called a silent dental disease because the damage can go unnoticed for many years or gets dismissed as normal aging and wear and tear. Unfortunately, without treatment, occlusal disease can cause a great deal of destruction in the mouth. The following are some of the most common signs of occlusal disease:
- Excessive wear and tear on the teeth (cracked, chipped, flattened teeth)
- Teeth fractures
- Fractured dental restorations
- Tooth sensitivity
- Shifting of teeth
- Jaw pain
- Clicking, popping, or locking of jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Head and neck pain
- Teeth grinding
- Gum recession
Diagnosing occlusal disease
Screening for occlusal disease can be done during a routine dental examination. At our office, we always perform a basic occlusal and TMJ exam during your visit to look for any signs of occlusal disease. When the disease is diagnosed early, we can avoid extensive damage and treatment is much easier. Since occlusal disease is a progressive condition, symptoms will continue to worsen over time which can eventually lead to costly treatments and premature tooth loss.
The first step to correcting occlusal disease is obtaining an accurate diagnosis. Often, the first signs of occlusal disease appear during childhood, which is why it is important for all children to have an orthodontic evaluation early on. The earlier the bite is corrected, the easier it is to prevent long-term damage.
Some of the treatments that may be recommended as a part of occlusal therapy include:
- Restoration adjustment
- Enamel reshaping
- Orthodontic treatment
- Occlusal guards or splints
Call us today
Dr. Ansari is committed to providing comprehensive dental care that includes the diagnosis and correction of occlusal disease. If you are looking for an experienced dental team in Boston, MA, call us today at (617) 581-0689.