Full Mouth Rehabilitation In Folsom, CA

Occlusal Disease Evaluation And Treatment

“Dental Occlusion” is the way the teeth of both the jaws (upper maxillary and lower mandibular) come together in functional contact during activity of the mandible. “Occlusal Disease” refers to the abnormality in this functional contact that impairs the normal physiological functions of the mouth like mastication (chewing), speech, and esthetics.

7 Signs And Symptoms Of Occlusal Disease:

  • Pathological tooth wear, chipping or fractures
  • Tooth hypersensitivity
  • Tooth hypermobility
  • Fremitus
  • Abfractions
  • Severe localized bone destruction (secondary to periodontal disease)
  • Muscle pain and TMJ pain

Stages In Occlusal Disease Evaluation And Treatment:

Stage 1: Initial Occlusal and TMJ Evaluation (for all patients)
Stage 2: Record Taking Visit (for patients with Occlusal Disease) – This visit allows us to gather necessary information for a final diagnosis and has two components: the occlusal portion (function) and the esthetic portion.
Stage 3: Treatment as discussed with the patient – Occlusal disease can’t be cured but only successfully managed by restorative options and regular use of Nightguards or Occlusal splints as determined by the doctor after full mouth rehabilitation using very conservative approaches.
Stage 4: Post-operative maintenance visits.

“There can only be one correct diagnosis, but there can be many treatments for that diagnosis” – Hippocrates

Based on the patient’s goals we come up with a treatment plan where the form of the teeth (esthetics) follows the function, including good occlusion based on the 3 Golden rules: bilateral even contacts, posterior disclusion (ie. anterior and canine rise), and unobstructed envelop of function, for predictable and successful treatment outcomes which are very fulfilling for both the patients and the practice.