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Occlusal Disease—Portland, OR

We Can Save Your Smile & Your Quality of Life

A chronically bad bite may not seem extreme at first, but this health condition has ripple effects that can end up noticeably impacting your teeth, your muscles, your bone support, your posture, your digestion, your appearance, your sleep, and much more! At ADANW, we evaluate for this condition with every patient because ignoring it comes at such a great cost. It is the big reason why teeth and restorations break, why TMJ/TMD pain occurs, why jaws appear off-center, and why teeth shift over time. Like all such diseases, occlusal disease is best treated early on and directly at the source. We take the time to evaluate your case from every angle so that our eventual treatment recommendations are sure to provide long-lasting relief.  

What is Occlusal Disease?

man holding jaw due to Occlusal Disease in Portland

Occlusal disease is an unfamiliar term for many patients, but it is mainly a very aggressive and accelerated form of tooth wear. It is primarily caused by a misaligned bite, which forces the muscles of the jaw to overwork as they try to push the teeth into the proper position while biting and chewing. This leads to lactic acid buildup in the muscles, places strain on the jaw joint, and creates excess pressure that causes the teeth to chip and crack over time.

The Symptoms of Occlusal Disease

close-up of worn down teeth

Occlusal disease is related to a wide variety of symptoms, with the most common ones being:

  • Persistent jaw pain
  • A jaw that pops and clicks when it moves
  • Lockjaw
  • Extremely worn down or chipped teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Headaches
  • Neckaches

How We Treat Occlusal Disease

young woman feeling relaxed after TMJ treatment in Portland

The first step to treating occlusal disease involves taking very precise measurements of the bite. At ADANW, we use TekScan technology instead of traditional carbon bite paper to do this, as it gives us a much more accurate picture of how the teeth are coming together, in what order, and how hard they are touching.  This helps us pinpoint the imbalances that are at the root of occlusal disease.  

Once we can find the interferences that are preventing the bite from functioning properly, we can correct them using DTR (Disclusion Time Reduction) therapy, an advanced type of TMJ treatment in Portland. Small adjustments are made to the teeth and/or pre-existing restorations so that the bite comes together without triggering the jaw muscles to overwork. This allows the muscles to relax and function properly, leading to a healthier, more comfortable future for the patient!

When the bite has been corrected, we can then repair the damage that has been caused by occlusal disease. This may involve building the teeth up using veneers, bonding, and crowns to replace lost dental structure. By the end of the process, the patient should look and feel like nothing was wrong with their bite in the first place!

Start Feeling Better Today

young bearded man with tattoos smiling outdoors

If any of the symptoms touched on above sound familiar, or if you have been struggling to fix chronic jaw/mouth pain in a way that actually lasts for far too long, then you can take your first step toward true relief by giving ADANW a call today to schedule a consultation with our TMJ dentist in Portland. Dr. Russ Teasdale’s extensive experience, use of the latest technology, and commitment to long-term solutions are sure to help you achieve the oral health and harmonious smile you desire.