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Balance Occlusion – Bite Correction – TMJ Treatment – Scottsdale, AZ *

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Overview

Scottsdale dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, 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.

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 and Dr. Sebree are gifted in the area of occlusion, where he utilizes advanced technology to assist when necessary. Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree 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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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.