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.
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.
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….
Professional & Pleasant
Spending the month of March on Marco Island and of course a cap comes off the first week. After searching around some I gave Island Tower Dentistry a call. Had to wait a couple of days for an appointment but kept using polident to put the cap back in place temporarily. Once I got in… the office everyone from the receptionist to the dental assistant and the dentist himself were very professional and pleasant. After a visual inspection and an xray it was determined that the cap could be safely cemented back in place. It has been a few days now and all is well. Glad to have found this place. Read more “Professional & Pleasant”
Everyone here is highly professional & very nice. Top notch.
Professional & Compassionate
Haven’t met Dr. Van Dyke yet, but Dr. Schulze is a complete professional & compassionate person thru-and-thru and the team he put together is hard to top. Yeni is the most comprehensive, knowledgeable, & detail-oriented hygienist ever. She keeps me in check.
When you walk through the door you are immediately welcomed. The best part about this office is the assistants. Hannah is my favorite! She’s so gentle and such a perfectionist. I enjoy going to the dentist now, because of her!
Caring & Friendly
Fantastic office!!! Everyone is very professional, caring and friendly. I would highly recommend Dr. Van Dyke and his team of wonderful ladies.
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!
Friendly front desk staff, knowledgeable hygienist and Dr Schulze. A winning combination!
As with every visit, I have received courteous and gentle care (and painless shots) from these dental professionals. I recommend Island Tower Dentistry to one and all.
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.
Beyond their Call of Duty
This is one of the best dentist visit I have had all my life. Dr. Schulz and staff goes way beyond their call of duty. The time that is taken to explain every step of how important your oral health is i can assure you is like no other. Some doctors do a quick stop… and then u are out but this office i can and will highly recommend for their service and you will enjoy your clean in a quiet and loving environment. Thumbs up team Read more “Beyond their Call of Duty”
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!