Do you experience chronic jaw pain? Are your teeth or restorations chipping or breaking? Are your teeth excessively worn down? Do you experience frequent headaches or migraines, or sustained tooth pain and sensitivity? Does your jaw seem out of place when you close your mouth?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from malocclusion, also known as a bad bite, which can eventually lead to occlusal disease. This occurs when the jaws are out of harmony with the musculature. If you suffer from a bad bite, we invite you to visit the office of Paul Tanners, D.D.S. to receive an occlusal adjustment.

Occlusal disease is a destructive process resulting from a bite in which the teeth are not properly aligned. Every time your teeth and jaw move, pressure is applied. When your teeth and jaw are properly aligned, the teeth, muscles, and joints in the jaw are designed to withstand these forces. However, when there are discrepancies in the bite, it causes teeth to misalign and leads to problems with the teeth, muscles, and jaw joints.

At our practice, we are seeing more and more cases of occlusal disease, which our dentist attributes to the stress of day-to-day living and difficult economic times. Stress leads people to clench and grind their teeth, which in turn leads to malocclusion.

In patients with a moderate to severely imbalanced bite, malocclusion can be corrected with an occlusal adjustment, a procedure in which specific teeth are reshaped to bring the position of the teeth back in harmony with the joint and muscles that close the jaw. The objective is to get the interference on the back teeth out of the way so that all teeth can meet simultaneously.

Another method to balance the bite is to perform a partial or full reconstruction to bring the front teeth, back teeth, and jaw into the correct alignment. A posterior reconstruction of the teeth usually leads to a successful outcome. Dr. Paul Tanners is a prosthodontist and offers advanced restorative dentistry; he is happy to help you find the solution you need to correct your bite and restore the health, comfort, and harmony of your smile. Other forms of treatment include orthodontic therapy and orthognathic (jaw) surgery.

If occlusal disease is left untreated, disharmony between the jaws and the dental structure could cause serious dental issues, such as TMJ pain, worn and broken teeth, headaches, and more.

If your bite doesn’t feel right, or if you are showing signs of tooth wear, fracture, mobility, or muscle pain that may be due to occlusal disease in New York, New York, call our office today at 212-697-1122 to make an appointment with our skilled dentists, Dr. Tanners and Dr. Manson. We are here to help you!