Scottsdale dentist, Dr. Rod Gore, knows how important it is for people to take care of their oral cavity, including their bite, also known as occlusion. Proper occlusion is critically important in maintaining a healthy oral cavity. An improper bite may affect daily life, causing discomfort in the facial muscles, and can lead to migraine headaches or TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder). Improper occlusion can also cause the breakdown of teeth, tooth restorations, and muscles and joints. Additionally, the force of the bite plays a role in clenching and grinding the jaw.
Occlusion may play a role in a patient’s qualification of cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as dental veneers. However, the good news is that AACD-accredited dentist, Dr. Gore, is familiar with all factors involving the diagnosis and treatment for poor occlusion. In terms of diagnostics, x-rays, photos, and tooth impressions will be taken to assist in assessing a patient’s occlusion. In some cases, a patient may require a CT scan.
"Just visited Shawna at Dr. Gore's office. Been working with her for nearly 10 years and she has made an incredible difference with my oral health."- D.B. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2016
"The staff greets you promptly as you walkin the door super polite and friendly, they go out of their way to assist you in every way possible. while in the waiting room they provide you with tea, coffe and cold water, however I did not have to wait they took me in exactly at my specified appt time. My teeth whitening experience was very pleasant perfromed by a new dental assistant at the office she has only been working there for 1 month and you could not tell. She is very well trained and made me feel at ease during the entire experience. I was very impressed by the entire staff, and the office is beautiful clean and comfortable. What a pleasant experience."- M.C. / Google / May 29, 2017
"My family has been with Dr. Gore for years. He is great but perhaps more importantly his staff are professional and highly skilled."- J.C. / Google / May 10, 2017
"Dr. Gore has the best Scottsdale dental office and staff. One of my crowns installed years ago came off on Easter weekend. Even though it was a Monday and the day after Easter and they were fully booked he got me in to recement my crown. Thank you Dr. Gore!"- D.D. / Google / Apr 10, 2017
"I just moved to AZ two weeks ago and I had a fall while walking my dogs managing to scrape my face and break a front tooth. I was referred to Dr. Gore's office and was seen by Dr. Sebree. When I first met her I was skeptical as she looked 18 years old and new to the business. Boy, was I wrong! She was professional, detailed and meticulous with rebuilding my tooth and making sure it looked just like the others. She is went back and forth looking at it at every angle before she was satisfied with her work. I highly recommend Dr. Sebree and am thrilled with her work!"- K.H. / Google / Apr 03, 2017
What to Expect
The appropriate plan for poor occlusion is highly individualized and may include: a mouth guard, tooth restorations, cosmetic dental bonding, neuromuscular dentistry, orthodontics, and surgery for the severest cases. It is particularly important to select a dentist who is highly experienced in the area of occlusion. The biting forces are particularly complex and require sophisticated expertise in the management of the treatment plan.
For example, there are many factors to consider when fabricating a dental crown alone. Dr. Gore is gifted in the area of occlusion, where he utilizes advanced technology to assist when necessary. Dr. Gore and his team can utilize the CEREC same-day porcelain crown system, which employs Cad Cam technology to produce the best fit for your occlusion, if you are in need of a dental crown.
Types of Occlusion
There are several ways to describe occlusion, which include:
- Malocclusion is when the teeth and jaws are not in proper alignment. This is known as a “bad bite.”
- Static occlusion means the contact between the teeth while the jaw is closed and not in movement.
- Dynamic occlusion, or articulation, is the contact between teeth while the jaw is moving.
- Centric occlusion refers to the relation of opposing teeth when the jawbone is in centric relation. This is also known as a patient’s habitual bite.
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Fix Occlusion Problems
If an improper bite is causing you all kinds of unnecessary problems, then you’re in luck. All you have to is give our office a call and we’ll be happy to schedule your consultation. During your consult, we’ll examine your mouth carefully and determine your exact issues. From there, we will design a treatment plan that’s just right for you. Push the pain aside and embrace a healthier mouth with our outstanding treatment options.