The masticatory system is the functional part of the body responsible for chewing, speaking, swallowing, tasting and breathing.  The system is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and teeth all controlled by an intricate neurological system that regulates and coordinates these components

Treatment of Occlusal Disease

During your first visit and annually there-after, we screen for the presence of occlusal disease. If occlusal disease is present, a detailed evaluation of your bite will be recommended to properly diagnose the degree of occlusal disease. Many times a gentle and conservative procedure called tooth equilibration can correct the problem and eliminate stress on individual teeth, the TMJs and jaw muscles. In more complex cases, we have the capability to diagnose and recommend the appropriate treatment for your individual needs.

Occlusal Disease

Simply put, occlusal disease is a bad bite. It is usually a result of a poorly functioning masticatory system but also has a genetic component. Occlusal disease is very destructive to the teeth, and some researchers believe it is the number one cause of tooth loss. It is certainly no less destructive to the teeth than tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Signs of occlusal disease:

  • pathological tooth wear
  • chips or fractures
  • teeth sensitive to cold
  • tooth mobility
  • fremitus
  • abfractions
  • bone loss
  • waking up with tired facial muscles