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.
Can’t say that going to the dentist is one of my favorite things to do but I can say that Dr. Schulze and his crew make it less stressful and really seem to care about doing it right. I highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for excellent care.
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”
As is always the case, the staff were friendly, efficient, and caring. I am very pleased with the oral care I am receiving from Island Tower!
After experiencing a dental emergency this weekend I contacted Dr. Van Dyke and he was able to see me first thing Monday morning. Dr. Van Dyke and his staff are absolutely awesome and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of dental care! My smile is brighter now after visiting Dr. Van Dyke… at Island Tower Dentistry! Read more “Absolutely Awesome”
Makes You Feel Very Comfortable
Knowledgeable, patient and makes you feel very comfortable. This is coming from a person who really doesn’t like pain. Like the step by step explanations as to what they are doing. Would highly recommend.
I Was Impressed
Front desk was polite and punctual. My hygienist, Cody, was outstanding. She was thorough, professional, and skillful yet also personable. I was impressed.
The technician who worked on me is terrific. In the past few years best cleanings ever.
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”
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”
Everyone here is highly professional & very nice. Top notch.
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.
State of the Art
The staff is very professional and friendly. Dr. Van Dyke delivers a state of the art knowledge base to the practice. I highly recommend their services!
Just had another session with Cody, a first class hygienist. As usual, she was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
I am a native Neapolitan for more than 50 years. Along with the unbelievable growth I have experienced a diminished time for patient care. I have worked in dentistry for nearly 20 years and left private practice when the focus was no longer the patient’s well being but more about selling whitening and cosmetic services.… I started my own concierge practice 7 years ago to work exclusive with Dentists that I trust their work, ethics and would not hesitate to treat me, my family and friends. I worked with Dr Schulze and Dr Van Dyke, along with their amazing team this past week. Their inviting caring nature, conservative treatment and personal interest in every single patient in accordance with the support of an amazing dedicated team is a truly amazing experience. If I ever considered going back to full time private practice this would be the place for me! Love Island Tower Dental, the Doctors and the superior team! You should really get to know them. Do yourself a favor and call Angela or Jessica for more information. I promise you will never have a better dental experience nor be disappointed! Read more “Truly Amazing”
Everyone is Friendly
I love the team at this office. Everyone is always so friendly and happy to see you. Dr. Van Dyke puts me at ease and is so gentle. It makes going to the dentist a pleasure.
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.
Wonderful Staff & Doctor
Wonderful staff and Dr! I had my first ever root canal and crown done at ITD. The fitment and procedure was top notch using the latest technology. I also had a dental cleaning from Gloria. She was very pleasant and informative. Would recommend to anyone visiting or living in the area!
Cory is a very good hygienist and super nice!
Dr. Van Dyke and his staff do a wonderful job. They are very personable, the office is nice and they are accommodating to patients.
You Won’t be Disappointed
I have been a patient of Dr. Hermann Schulze for a very long time and when I heard the news about a new dentist coming on board I was a bit nervous at first, but at the same time I knew Dr .Schulze wouldn’t let us down with who he chose to be on their… team. So far I have NO complaints about the work Dr. Van Dyke did on my crowns a couple days ago. I had to get two temporary crowns put in before the real ones get put in. Since it’s been a couple days since he worked on me, other than the usual pain I don’t feel any awkwardness in my bite. That was the most I was concerned about. I am very pleased and happy and also thankful that he did such a great job. He was very steady with the drill and would always make sure I was okay while he was working on me. I felt very comfortable. I also love everyone else there everyone has always been super nice. Hannah was Dr. Van Dyke’s assistant and she was very sweet and helpful. I definitely suggest if you haven’t tried them out yet, you won’t be disappointed!! Read more “You Won’t be Disappointed”
I’ve been a patient of Island Tower Dentistry for 11 years now. Dr. Schulze and his staff have always gone above and beyond to ensure the best care possible. The level of professionalism far exceeds expectations and they make you feel right at home in a family oriented setting.
They help us out with an emergency visit. Put us at ease and took care of our problem. We are from out of town on vacation and do happy we found them. Great people to help others.
Island Tower by far has the friendliest employees. They always take care of me whenever I go there. Just like everyone else I dread going to the dentist, but here they really do make a difference! I highly recommend this dentistry!
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.
As always, terrific care and service. Tonya is great!
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.
Efficient, Pleasant & Highly Competent
I had a dental emergency this afternoon around 3:15. I called the office as a complete stranger, explained my situation. They had me in the chair by 3:45. The staff and Dr Van Dyke were efficient, pleasant, and highly competent. I was patched up and finished by 4:30. I was also pleased with the reasonable… cost; especially for a call from a stranger just needing some help. Impressive office staff and young dentist. Read more “Efficient, Pleasant & Highly Competent”
Excellent & Skilled
Cody, my dental hygienist, is excellent. She is very skilled, thorough, conscientious, and kind. I highly recommend Cody. I could not be more pleased with the care and service I received today. The whole office staff is fantastic.
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.
Warmth & Attentiveness
From the moment you walk into Island Tower’s office you feel some of that “going to the dentist” anxiety disappear. The front desk staff welcomes you with a smile, answers your insurance and procedural questions thoroughly and honestly. They offer a quality of warmth and attentiveness that immediately help puts you at ease. Dr. Schulze,… his team of dental assistants, and hygienists are exceedingly professional and gentle with the care of each patient. They form relationships with their clients which is something I find lacking in most medial/dental facilities these days. They make you feel comfortable asking questions and are eager to make the experience positive. They have the most modern equipment and technology giving each patient the best possible care available. Their facility is immaculate and clean. I feel lucky to have found this gem of a dental practice! Read more “Warmth & Attentiveness”
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!