Your smile is more than a set of pearly whites; it’s a reflection of your overall oral health. Although it is not as widely discussed as other dental conditions, occlusal disease or bite misalignment can significantly impact your dental health and general well-being. The symptoms of occlusal disease can sometimes fly under the radar, making it essential to recognize some of the most common symptoms, including abnormal wear and tear, gum recession, and headaches.
If you are experiencing symptoms of occlusal disease, you deserve to have your concerns treated in a comfortable and innovative environment. Our talented oral surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group can help you resolve your symptoms and regain control over your oral health. We offer painless procedures designed to get you back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of Occlusal Disease
The signs and symptoms of occlusal disease can be missed by individuals or mistaken for symptoms of other oral health conditions. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, reach out to our office to discuss your concerns:
- Worn-down teeth, such as shortened front teeth or flattened back teeth
- Abnormal grooves, indents, or fractures in your teeth or implants, especially near your gum line
- Gum recession
- Frequent headaches
- Pain in the neck or jaw
- Clicking or popping in the jaw when you eat or speak
- Loose teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
When you schedule an appointment with one of our talented oral surgeons, we will complete a comprehensive oral exam to evaluate your symptoms and determine if you suffer from occlusal disease or another oral health condition. We offer patient-centric treatment plans and will personalize our services to your unique needs.
Treatment Options for Occlusal Disease
Due to advancements in oral health technology, an experienced oral surgeon can easily treat occlusal disease. Depending on the severity of your bite misalignment, our oral surgeons may recommend one of the following treatment options:
- Bite adjustment: This procedure involves slightly modifying and smoothing the teeth to create a more even bite.
- Orthodontics: Braces or Invisalign can move teeth over time to correct over and underbites.
- A night guard: A custom night guard can protect your teeth from the wear and tear of grinding in your sleep.
- Restorations or prosthetics: If your teeth are significantly damaged or worn down, your oral surgeon may recommend crowns or other restorations to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth as well as realign your bite.
The recovery period for a bite adjustment is often relatively short because the procedure is non-surgical and does not require any anesthesia. Depending on the state of your bite and the severity of your occlusal disease, your surgeon may give you tips on managing your discomfort following the procedure. The benefits of a bite adjustment can be noticed right after the procedure, with many patients reporting an immediate reduction in their symptoms.
Contact an Experienced Oral Surgeon From Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group
Our seasoned oral surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group have the experience and skills to expertly diagnose and treat your oral health concerns. We understand that your smile is a cornerstone of your health and confidence, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you leave our office satisfied. We promote painless procedures and we aim to get you back to your daily routine as quickly as possible after your treatment.