What is occlusal disease?

Occlusal disease occurs when the teeth begin to mechanically destroy themselves. At our dental office, we provide occlusal analysis to determine the cause of the disease. The most common cause of occlusal disease is that the jaw joints and bite do not match.

How do you treat occlusal disease?

Once the cause has been determined, our experienced dentists will perform occlusal equilibration, which is a simple procedure that involves minor reshaping of the teeth. Occlusal equilibration involves removing very small amounts of the tooth enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth) to improve the fit of the teeth and the bite. Because the tooth enamel has no feeling, the equilibration treatment is completely painless and comfortable.

Do I need occlusal treatment or equilibration?

Dr. Luth and Dr. Heideman will analyze your smile and listen to your concerns to determine whether you need occlusal treatment. Common symptoms of occlusal disease and signs that you may benefit from occlusal equilibration include:

  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Pain in the jaw muscles and jaw joint (TMJ)
  • A tired feeling in the facial and jaw muscles
  • Fractured teeth
  • Abnormal tooth wear

Equilibration can improve and protect your bite so that you can enjoy good oral health for life. For more information on occlusal disease and occlusal treatment in Las Vegas, Nevada, we welcome you to contact us today.