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.
Excellent service. I was scared of going to the dentist but they gave me hope and motivation to work on my teeth. Thank you
Incredibly friendly office starting with the receptionist Angela and everyone else involved. They made sure to see me the day I called with one of those dental emergencies and did an outstanding job for this Snow Bird. Would highly recommend.
Thorough & Professional
Highly recommended ! Very thorough and professional. I’ve never felt so comfortable at a Dentist’s office. Relaxing environment, state of the art equipment. Our family loves it here !
Extraordinary Dental Care
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.
I’d Recommend to Anyone
Very professional. Very satisfied. I would recommend Dr. Van Dyke to anyone.
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.
An Outstanding Job
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.
Dr. Van Dyke went out of his way to make my son feel comfortable in one of his first experiences in a dental office. His kindness and wonderful attitude made this experience a very pleasant one. We will go nowhere else from now on. Despite the drive from Naples to Marco Island, the trip is
The office staff was wonderful. For the dentist they made it perfect and were well mannered. The CDH I had was Cody. I will say she was excellent. I told the doctor that he should give her a raise after putting up with me.
Caring and Friendly
First-time patient for Island Tower Dentistry with Lorraine as my hygienist. She was gentle and thorough with great detail. Dr, Van Dyke is a caring and friendly dentist who went over every detail of my x-rays and gave me a thorough exam with suggestions for keeping my teeth healthy and possible revisions for improvement. I
am very happy that I chose Island Tower as my current dental place.
Cody is very proficient at her job, and I might add quite pleasant. Hanna at the front desk does a great job and Dr. Van Dyke was very thorough in his explanation of the issues I have to deal with.
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.
The team and Island Tower really knows how to create a calm, relaxing experience for one of the least comfortable health visits. Their entire staff cares about your outcomes and goes above and beyond to make sure you’re in tip top dental health. Dr. Van Dyke has a soothing approach and takes time to ensure
Dr. Van Dyke and his team are fantastic! He truly cares for his patients and now I take my whole family to him! Thank you for helping me find the dentist I’ve always been looking for!
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 & Skillful
Had an unbearable toothache in a cracked tooth over the holiday/hurricane weekend. Dr. Van Dyke gave me a way to help ease the pain until I could get to his office this morning. After an evaluation, it was decided to extract the cracked tooth. I have been neglecting my teeth for too long and have
now found a dentist who treated me as if I was a longtime patient. I will not be neglecting my teeth any longer. Thank you Dr.Van Dyke as well as your very friendly and skillful staff.
First time going to this dentist and him and the staff were very friendly and he was thorough.
Always Treated Great
Gloria was great. I’m always treated great at Island Tower Dentistry
From the moment I walked in, I knew this was going my new home for all my dental needs. From the receptionist, to the assistants, the doctors, to my wonderful hygienist – everyone was so professional and kind. I cannot say enough good things about Lorraine, my hygienist. AMAZING! So gentle, caring, and not to
mention the best dental cleaning I have ever had. Not an ounce of pain, and she even kept checking on me to make sure I was okay throughout the cleaning. Top notch! Happy customer!
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!
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
Patient and Gentle
Everyone is very nice and professional. Lorraine, my hygienist, is so wonderful. She is patient and gentle and always checks to be sure I am doing ok when she is working on me. Very friendly staff, clean offices and Dr. Van Dyke is very personable.
Very Informative and Disarming
Total staff was very friendly and helpful, Cody was wonderful putting me at ease while attending to my needs ,very informative and disarming.
I am very comfortable with Dr. Van Dyke and his staff taking care of my dental needs. My hygienist, Cody is excellent a real professional.
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!
Love This Place!
Love this place! Lorraine is amazing – my teeth came out of cleaning shining like new and she remembered literally everything about me from my last visit. The entire staff is top notch and welcoming.
Good and Gifted
Dr. Van is wonderful caring man. He is so good and gifted in what he does that you feel so comfortable with him. Thank you Dr. Van for the wonderful work on my Gums .
Staff Couldn’t Be Nicer
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
I Will Come Back
I found it very professional, friendly , and caring. When I am in this area again I will come back.
Dr Van Dyke is new to the practice and to our experience a great addition. After a front tooth broke off at the gym line, he evaluated, made impressions. Made a temporary, did a root extraction, put in the temporary and my partner walked out with perfectly matching front teeth. The biggest positive point is
that he had NO pain after a long , involved visit.
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!