What is Occlusal Therapy and Why is it Important?

In a healthy occlusion (bite), forces are evenly distributed among all of the teeth. When excessive pressure is placed on any given tooth these forces can cause that tooth or other teeth to loosen from the gums and contribute to bone loss. The goal of occlusal therapy is to create an even distribution of these forces allowing the bone and ligament to heal. 

Symptoms of Occlusal Disease

Occlusal disease can have many symptoms and most of these are signs that there is an ongoing problem:

  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Chipped teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Jaw muscle tenderness or soreness
  • Worn teeth
  • Broken dental restorations (bridges, dental implants, etc.)
  • Tenderness when chewing or biting
The use of an occlusal night guard may be needed to help control the pressures generated by clenching and grinding habit (bruxism). In situations where bone loss and loosening has already occurred, splinting (tying together of adjacent teeth) may be needed.

Other treatments may include orthodontic treatment, restoration, and cosmetic procedures, replacement of old or damaged fillings, and other treatments to create an even pressure in the bite.

At Periodontal Health Center, we want patients to feel comfortable about their treatment and confident in their oral and overall health. For a periodontal maintenance appointment to discuss one of the symptoms mentioned above, call our Tampa or New Port Richey locations or schedule an appointment by using our online form.