Does Occlusal Disorder Cause Tooth Wear?

Yes, occlusal disorder can lead to worn teeth and a plethora of other serious oral health conditions. Occlusal disorder is caused by disharmony in the biting surfaces of the teeth. If the teeth are not properly aligned, patients can experience a wide range of symptoms that compromise the health, function, and aesthetic of the masticatory apparatus (e.g., jaw, teeth, muscles, and supporting structures).

Occlusal disorder often goes unnoticed until a patient begins to experience painful or uncomfortable symptoms. In some cases, patients may even write their symptoms off as a normal dental occurrence. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms of occlusal disease, it is imperative that you visit a highly trained dentist for an evaluation.

Finding a dentist with advanced training in occlusal disorder and other similar bite disorders can benefit you in the long run. Where some dentist may only treat the noticeable damage of occlusal disorder, another dentist will address not only the noticeable damage but also the underlying cause of damage.

Dr. Ian Buckle, Director of The Dawson Academy UK,  incorporates the idea of complete dentistry into his practice. Dr. Buckle understands the effects occlusal disorder can have on the condition of the teeth and overall oral health. If patients are exhibiting symptoms like teeth wear, cracked teeth, tooth sensitivity, or restoration damage, we will perform the appropriate evaluation to determine if the tooth damage is caused by occlusal disorder.

Symptoms of Occlusal Disorder

The symptoms of occlusal disease may vary from patient to patient. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, be sure to visit Buckled Advanced Dental Care for a full evaluation.

  • Sore teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Teeth that appear worn, flat, or smaller in appearance
  • Tooth loss
  • Painful chewing

What happens if occlusal disorder is left untreated?

Leaving occlusal disorder untreated may result in severe damage to the teeth, muscles, and joints. As occlusal disorder progresses, patients may experience tooth loss and severe jaw discomfort. Early diagnosis of occlusal disease may save patients time, money, and pain in the future.

Treating Occlusal Disorder

Addressing occlusal disorder early can reduce your risk of damage and the need for advanced treatments. However, the longer treatment is avoided, the more likely you will need to undergo restorative treatment to repair the damage and prevent further complications.

Treatment may include orthodontics to realign the teeth, restorative service to repair damage or advanced techniques to stabilize the bite. Dr. Buckle will perform a full evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. The key to restoring your oral health and preventing further damage is through early intervention and diagnosis, along with personalized treatment planning.

Dr. Buckle uses advanced dental technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of these complicated conditions including TekScan, Digital Radiography, and Joint Vibration Analysis.

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To learn more about your treatment options, visit Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral. To schedule an appointment, call 0151 329 2979 or request an appointment online.

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