Worn Teeth and Occlusal Disorder

Worn Teeth and Occlusal Disorder Dr. Ian Bickle Have you noticed broken, chipped, or worn teeth?

If the answer is yes, you may want to schedule a visit to Buckle Advanced Dental Care. Worn teeth can be an indication of a more advanced dental issue taking place in the mouth. Worn teeth may be a result of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder or Occlusal disease. Occlusion refers to the two surfaces of the teeth coming together and the way those two surfaces fit and move together. Many patients don’t consider why occlusion is important until they begin to experience the symptoms of an occlusal disorder. Symptoms such as worn teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, jaw pain or discomfort, headaches, sleep apnea, and muscle tightness are associated with an occlusal disorder.

Recognizing occlusal disorder in its earliest stages allows your dentist to provide the appropriate treatment to disrupt any further development of the occlusal disease and address any damage done to the teeth. As Director of Dawson UK, an affiliate of the Dawson Academy in the US, Dr. Ian Buckle has devoted years of training to be able to accurately identify, diagnose and treat patients with an occlusal disorder. Improper bite alignment, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and teeth grinding can lead to worn, damaged teeth. During your examination, Dr. Buckle will search for any signs of damage to the teeth and determine if it is linked to a more advanced issue like TMJ or teeth grinding. At Buckle Advanced Dental Care, we offer a full range of bite correction solutions. The goal is to align the teeth to create a low-stress bite and minimize further damage to the teeth.

Common Symptoms of Occlusal Disorder

  • Shifting teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Wear on the biting surfaces of the teeth
  • Sensitivity in the teeth
  • Sore, painful muscles in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Clicking and popping sounds during eating or movement of the jaw

If an occlusal disorder is not addressed, the teeth will become damaged and may lead to tooth loss. Patients may still experience pain and discomfort, which may result in more advanced treatment. Visiting Buckle Advanced Dental Care at least twice a year allows Dr. Buckle the opportunity to carefully examine the teeth for any signs of an occlusal disorder. If an occlusal disorder is suspected, Dr. Buckle can create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your dental needs.

Treating Occlusal Disorder

The most effective way to address occlusal disorder is through Occlusal equilibrium, also referred to as bite correction. The goal of bite correction is to adjust the alignment of the teeth until it reaches the proper fit. The teeth should properly align with one another to create a low- stress bite. Bite correction may require implant dentistry, cosmetic bonding, dental crowns, dental veneers, or reshaping of the teeth. Early diagnosis of occlusal disorder allows patients to receive a simpler solution to restabilize their bite. The longer occlusal disorder is left untreated; the more likely patients will require a more advanced solution to restabilize their bite. Dr. Buckle works with each patient to create predictable, long-lasting solutions where the teeth, muscles, and jaw works in harmony for a more stable bite.

If you are experiencing worn, damaged teeth, please visit Buckle Advanced Dental Care for the treatment you need to restore your smile. Dr. Buckle is one of the leading pioneers in occlusal disorder treatment. Dr. Buckle will work with you to improve your smile and stabilize your bite. To learn more about your dentistry solutions, call 0151 353 8943 or request a consultation online.

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