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.
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!
My Teeth Sparkle!
Just had my teeth cleaned and Tanya Hunter did an amazing job making my teeth sparkle! Keep up good work.
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”
Always Treated Great
Gloria was great. I’m always treated great at Island Tower Dentistry
Gave Me my Confidence Back
I have lived in fl for 20 years and island tower dentistry by far has some of the most professional staff that make you feel welcome and comfortable. I got my cleaning done by Gloria and May I say she gave me my confidence back.
Island Tower Dentistry is the most professional dental office I have ever visited. With their continuous education among staff members, there is no wonder why I leave there knowing I received the best treatment. On top of that, it is a very warm and welcoming office to step into. I actually enjoy going to my… appointments! Read more “Best Treatment”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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
Nice and Accomodating
I had just driven down from Ohio to Marco Island and woke up with enormous pain and a swollen face. I googled dentists and found Island Tower Dentistry in Marco Island and chose them because of their outstanding reviews. I called and was able to see Dr. Van Dyke within an hour. Everyone was so… nice and so accommodating. X-rays were taken and Dr. Van Dyke showed me what the problem was. He referred me to a endodontist who took care of me as I needed a specialist. I would highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry and I look forward to coming back when I am in Marco Island and need a dentist. Thank you Island Tower Dentistry Read more “Nice and Accomodating”
The Entire Staff is Great
We had just started going here and loved the care given by Dr. Schulze and his team only to find out a little while later that he was retiring. So we gave his replacement, Dr. Van Dyke a try and we really like him. He’s gentle, patient and explains things very well. I like that… he is young and they optimize the most modern procedures, equipment, etc. The entire staff is great. One of the reasons we left our previous dental practice was because they were so “marketing” focused and they were way over the top. This practice has been perfect for us. They all do an outstanding job from booking appointments to after-care. Read more “The Entire Staff is Great”
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!
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!
As always, terrific care and service. Tonya is great!
Dentist who Cares
Dr Van Dyke is wonderful! My teeth were fractured and in horrible condition. Dr van Dyke assessed my issues, made a plan of attack and over several months restored my smile and my teeth. He also did surgery on my gums to prevent tooth loss. All this was done painlessly! He is kind and a… dentist that is serious about helping patients! Read more “Dentist who Cares”
Courteous & Professional
Dr. Van Dyke is a very courteous and professional dentist. His calming demeanor helps make every patient feel at ease. I definitely recommend him!
Outstanding & Professional
Excellent dental office with friendly and professional staff. Doctor was outstanding.
Experienced, Knowledgeable and Thorough
Cody is a very experienced, knowledgeable and thorough hygienist. She helped me to considerably improve the health of my gums. Thank you.
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”
What a great office! Everyone is so nice and caring.
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!!
Makes Me Feel Like Family
Island tower dentistry makes me feel like family the second I walk into the door. The staff is very professional! I would highly recommend !
Amazing Dentist & Staff
Amazing Dentist and staff! Highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry!
Just had another session with Cody, a first class hygienist. As usual, she was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
I would strongly recommend Island Tower. The staff is so friendly and professional. It’s the only dentist I’ve ever been to where you honestly do not feel the needles
Felt Like I’ve Been Going for Years
I just wanted to say how happy I am with Island Tower Dentistry. I’m a new patient there and was very nervous but by the time I left, I felt like I’ve been going there for years. I had a great experience there. From the hygienist Gloria to the receptionist Angela and Dr. Jonathan Van… Dyke my first visit was wonderful. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a dentist. Read more “Felt Like I’ve Been Going for Years”
Always a Good Experience
Always a good experience! Ladies at Front desk are very pleasant and efficient and vey nice. Dental Hygienist is very good, always very positive and does a great job. The Dentist is very good, very nice and does an awesome job. I highly recommend them to anyone!
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👍🏼
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!