We are passionate about equipping our patients with the knowledge they need to take better control of their oral health. When it comes to decay, we advise our patients about oral hygiene tops and techniques, diet and nutrition, dry mouth, and potentially harmful habits. To fight gum disease, our patients partner with our hygiene professionals to develop customized treatment plans. Another major threat to oral health is occlusal disease. This disease process is insidious on that its effects are always cumulative and progressive and it can eventually cause chronic pain which is difficult to eradicate as well as extreme and generalized tooth destruction.
The early signs and symptoms of occlusal disease are often considered normal wear and fear. However, they are most certainly not “normal” and they almost always get worse, eventually requiring full mouth reconstruction to restore proper form and function to the teeth. These signs and symptoms may include unnatural wear and shortening of teeth, fractured teeth and fillings, tooth sensitivity, and notching of the teeth at the gum-line. The edges of the front teeth may appear uneven and translucent. Eventually headaches, muscle pain, and jaw pain may occur. Clenching and grinding are common with this disorder. Early intervention can prove very beneficial. The first step is recognition of the problem and a discussion with your dental professional. Treatment possibilities may include nighttime splint wear, habit control, tooth reshaping or repositioning, restorations, and therapy to address muscle and jaw dysfunction.
Randolph Center for Dental Excellence Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman