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Bite Occlusion Dentistry

Posted in TMJ Therpy

Bite Occlusion Dentistry involves the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and long-term resolution of a wide range of bite problems.  Bite occlusion or malocclusion occurs when a patient’s teeth and jaw are not in proper alignment.  The misalignment causes the body to try to compensate for the misalignment resulting in a number of issues including headaches, migraines, pain in the sinuses or eyes, and Tempormandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).  Additional symptoms of malocclusion include teeth, fillings and crowns, which may wear break or become loose.  Often teeth will ache or be tender.  Patients suffering from malocclusion may also experience pain in the neck, shoulders and back.  It is believed that it is also a factor in sleep breathing issues including snoring and sleep apnea.  If left untreated, it can indirectly cause tooth decay and periodontal disease, as the misalignment often prevents the teeth from being properly cleaned.

The treatment of malocclusion typically requires a combination of dental techniques including orthodontics, extractions and a series of adjustments performed by a skilled dentist, who is an expert in malocclusion.  Occasionally dental implants are used, as well as medication and changes to the patient’s diet.  Relaxation therapy and other therapies are used to relax tense muscles in the jaw, as well as to reduce stress-related clenching of the jaw.   In rare instances if the malocclusion is severe enough jaw surgery may be required.

When done properly, the teeth and jaw are properly aligned and the painful symptoms are often eliminated.  With so many treatment options there is no need to suffer form bite occlusion issues, when relief can be found by seeing a qualified dentist that is an expert in this form of dentistry.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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