BITE—“OCCLUSAL”—ANALYSIS at your Marco Island Dentist
An important component of dental health is the alignment of your teeth and the manner in which the upper and lower teeth come together when you bite. Referred to on the professional level as “occlusion,” the manner in which you bite can impact your overall oral health because of the massive force generated by the jaw and its muscles. If this force is not spread out and evenly distributed, it can cause serious and possibly irreversible damage to teeth, gums, jaw muscles, and bone structure. The negative consequences of a bad bite are potentially so severe that Dr. Jonathan Van Dyke and Island Tower Dentistry offer bite analysis as one of their services as part of their Marco Island, Florida dental care practice.
Bad Bite—Occlusal Disease
Increasingly recognized as being just as destructive as periodontal disease and tooth decay, bad bite is also referred to as “occlusal disease” and “malocclusion,” and includes the more commonly known conditions of overbite, crossbite and open bites. Some of these conditions are easy to spot and diagnose, but many cases of occlusal disease can be easily overlooked. While one’s bite is a natural condition, changes to the mouth can happen and even something as simple as a new crown can shift your occlusion. Even without obvious visual signs of bad bite, any of these symptoms may be a sign of occlusal disease and should be brought to the attention of your Marco Island dental practitioner:
Wear on the biting surface of the teeth, often noticed when the front teeth start looking smaller than the back teeth.
Teeth sensitivity, especially in reaction to thermal changes.
Tooth soreness when biting.
Teeth breakage or cracking.
Sore jaw muscles.
Facial pain or headaches.
Popping or clicking sounds from the jaw joints during eating or other jaw movement, sometimes accompanied by pain.
Notches in the teeth at or below the gum line.
Your Bite Analysis In Marco Island
Your Marco Island dentist visit includes a visual inspection of occlusion as part of a regular checkup. But if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, or just want peace of mind with regard to the condition of your bite, Dr. Van Dyke and his team also offer the latest in digital occlusal analysis. With high-tech pressure mapping, force measurement, and tactile sensors, Island Tower Dentistry utilizes T-Scan™ to reveal the level and timing of force on each individual tooth, as well as the occlusal stability of the overall bite. T-Scan™ provides baseline occlusion data on new patients that can be monitored for any future changes, and can help easily diagnose bad bite issues that may be affecting existing Naples, Florida-area dental patients.
Correcting Bad Bite
Depending upon the severity of the occlusal disease, Dr. Van Dyke may be able to correct the bad bite in-office at his Marco Island dentistry practice. Crowns and veneers can be used to correct many bad bite cases, which, along with restoring occlusion, can also provide dental patients with a brighter, more youthful-looking smile. Depending upon the severity, malocclusion-based crown and veneer work can usually be completed within a month. More severe bad bite cases may require orthodontics, which can take several years to complete and may also call for crowns and veneers upon completion in order to restore enamel.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Van Dyke and his highly qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and Marco Island office support staff stand ready to check the condition of your bite and assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry about any dental concern, or to schedule a routine checkup, call for an appointment today at 239-394-1004. Our office is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.
I had an excellent experience at Island Tower as a new customer. The hygienists and Dr. Van Dyke spent a significant amount of time reviewing my X-Rays and explaining the steps they were taking while they were doing them. I am very happy with their thorough examination and overall upbeat and professional demeanor.
Would Definitely Recommend
Entire staff very friendly and helpful. I am from out of town. Had a dental issue. Dr. Van Dyke was friendly, helpful and informative. Teresa, his assistant, was also very sweet. Would definitely recommend this dental practice!
5 Stars & More
Every appointment has been timely, the staff are providers of excellent client service. Dr. Van Dyke and his dental assistants provide extraordinary dental care in an efficient and timely manner with the most up to date equipment available in the field today. Island Tower Dentistry deserves all five stars and more.
Enjoy Going to the Dentist
Cody is great! She has a great patient manner, and makes you feel comfortable the whole time. Makes me enjoy going to the dentist!
The doctor and staff are very caring and provide the best possible options. Excellent experience .
Cory the dental hygienist did an excellent job. She is very thoughtful and communicates well with regards to the issues and process to correct.
Was Not Disappointed!
After years of putting off my routine cleaning, I finally made an appointment with Dr. Van Dyke and staff based upon a facebook recommendation. Well, I was not disappointed! The office was super clean, welcoming and instantly put me at ease. They spent so much time going over everything in detail and allowed me to… ask questions. My cleaning was very gentle but thorough, and I left with a (clean) smile! Now to book an appointment for my husband and 5yr old daughter! I am confident they will have the same experience! Read more “Was Not Disappointed!”
The staff and Dr. Johnathan Van Dyke are kind, compassionate and wonderful. I’m so thrilled I was referred to them and actually looking forward to going back. Thank you for all your help!
Happy, Helpful Employees
My appointment at Island Tower Dentistry was great. From the very beginning I was greeted by happy, helpful employees that made the visit quite pleasant. Dr. Van Dyke was very thorough and professional. His upbeat personality and bedside manner were above and beyond my expectations. He and his team took great care of me and… made sure I was comfortable during my procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Van Dyke and Island Tower Dentistry. Read more “Happy, Helpful Employees”
Can Recommend with Confidence
I have been using Island Tower Dentistry since 2013 – three time per year. My experience has always been great. With a couple of retirements since I first started coming to them, I want to acknowledge some of the new staff. Cody my, hygienist, does a great job. Very professional and personable. Angela, Hanna, and… Hanna B. Teresa, and Gloria – and Dr. Van Dyke of course – make a great team. I can recommend them with confidence. Read more “Can Recommend with Confidence”
Very Gentle & Professional
Dr. Van Dyke has a very gentle and professional way about him, and I had a great experience today. Getting my filling was almost entirely pain-free! I’ve been going to this practice for years and will continue to do so.
Pleasant & Pain Free
I love going to Island Tower Dentistry. I know, ‘who says that?’ but this office is awesome. The staff are very professional and friendly. Dr. Van Dyke is caring and very considerate of his patients. Their office is very pretty and clean. A very pleasant and pain free experience!! No, really-PAIN free!!
Highly Recommend to Anyone
I would highly recommend this office to anyone. Courteous, professional, caring and friendly. They got me in the same day I called. I will definitely go there again. Great job!
Efficient and Pleasant
I had my scheduled teeth cleaning today November 2nd With Cody the hygienist who Was fabulous. Also I was examined by doctor Van Dyck who noted a few things for us to watch. The whole staff is very efficient and pleasant to deal it. Thank you island tower dentistry!
Professional and Efficient
New Team in Town. Very Professional and Efficient. Great support staff. Signed up for a complete check up in a month.
Fast & Painless
Was scheduled for a cleaning and asked about possibly smoothing out a chip. Cleaning was fast sand painless. Doctor came in to take a look and fixed my chip in mins! Island tower dentistry really cares about their patients and provides great service!
I’m so glad I chose Island Tower Dentistry for my emergency visit. While visiting Marco Island a crown fell off my molar. They were able to get me in within 24 hours and fixed it! Dr. Van Dyke was very personable and took his time to make sure it was done properly. I did not… feel rushed, yet everyone was very efficient! The front desk gal is a pleasure! All the assistants and staff were equally wonderful! This is definitely my go to dentist while on the island!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Read more “Highly Recommend”
Staff was Excellent
Dr Van Dyke did an excellent job putting a new crown on one of my chipped teeth. Dr Van Dyke was very professional and explained each step of the procedure to me. And as always Island tower staff was excellent.
Island Tower Dentistry has been our family dentist for more than twenty years. Great staff, excellent skilled dentist. I would recommend Dr. Schulze and his colleagues to anyone on or near Marco Island FL.
My family and I have been going to Dr Schultz for approx 30 years, Dr Schultz and his staff have always made going to the dentist a comfortable experience for all of us. I highly recommend his practice to anyone in search of a highly qualified, and honest dentist.
Best on Marco Island
A dentist that works so hard to please patients with the best dental care, followup and service the best on Marco….
Dr. Van Dyke was Amazing
Highly recommended! I had a dental emergency. They got me right in and even discounted the exam price! Dr Van Dyke was amazing. He even called me the next the day to make sure I was feeling ok! They just gained a new patient!
This was my first appointment at Island Tower Dentistry. The dentist and his staff were very thorough and explained each step they were taking. After x-rays and the exam, Dr. Van Dyke reviewed each x-ray with me and went through my treatment plan. The dental hygienist was gentle and careful to insure maximum comfort throughout… the cleaning process. An added bonus was a first time patient discount of more than 50%. I am a very satisfied patient. Read more “Satisfied Patient”
Had my “introductory “ visit today. Tomorrow is teeth cleaning appt. The office is beautiful and the staff couldn’t be nicer. Dr Van Dyke was very Thorough And I’m looking forward to having him as my dentist
Another Great Experience
Another great experience from Angela at check-in and out, Cody for cleaning, Dr. van Dyke for exam and Hannah for billing! Angela even went to the extra trouble to send me out with a fresh hot coffer👍🏼
This is an amazing dental practice and I always feel confident that I am getting consistent, fantastic service here. I live out of state but plan my appointments every time I visit the island – I refuse to put my dental health in anyone else’s hands. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and I love… the environment. Thank you for your expertise and thoroughness! Read more “Fantastic Service”
Really Care About Patients
This dentist office is fantastic! Very friendly staff and a marvelous dentist who is up to date with the latest technology. They really care about their patients. I would highly recommend.
Amazing Dental Office
Amazing dental office! Dr. Van Dyke uses all the latest technology with his patients- from 3D scanners for crowns, CBCT imaging, LANAP, painless injection techniques, and so much more! The staff is always friendly and caring and very accommodating in terms of scheduling and emergency visits. I highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry to all my… friends and family! Read more “Amazing Dental Office”
Takes Pride in Patient Care
I haven’t been to the dentist in several years as I am extremely fearful and anxious. But Dr. Van Dyke and his staff made me feel very welcome and very calm. I had a wonderful cleaning and moving forward I could not recommend a better team to take care of my dental needs. They are… trustworthy, reliable, responsible, and truly take pride in caring for their patients. Read more “Takes Pride in Patient Care”
An Actual Pleasure
From the dentists to the receptionists, the entire staff is outstanding! They all make going to the dentist an actual pleasure. I had to have a new crown and the complete procedure was painless.
At Island Tower Dentistry in Marco Island, FL – We are firmly dedicated to outstanding patient care and satisfaction. Our dentists practice state-of-the-art dentistry including cleanings, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, & more. Call a Marco Island dentist today!