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.
"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
"I had a dental emergency at Sunday night. One of my veneers popped off and it looked terrible!i called the emergency dentist and arranged to be seen at 7:00am the next morning. They were very friendly and kind people. I was out in thirty minutes! I'm definitely switching to Dr Gore. He is the best scottsdale dentist!"- J. / Healthgrades / Aug 15, 2017
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"Dr. Gore has been my dentist for over 20 years. I recently had a broken tooth that needed repair. They got me in promptly, diagnosed my problem and put in a crown; all in the same visit! I enjoyed "VIP care" from an excellent dentist and staff. Felt great after treatment. Thanks to Dr. Gore and staff for a great experience!"- J.D. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
"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
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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.