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 can’t recommend Dr. Van Dyke and his staff highly enough. The entire experience with his staff was wonderful and Dr. Van Dyke was incredibly diligent and informative throughout. The office is gorgeous and he is very progressive with his technology and protocol. Look no further for a dentist you can trust and who puts… their patients first. Read more “Dentist You Can Trust”
Amazing Dentist & Staff
Amazing Dentist and staff! Highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry!
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!
Warm, friendly staff, state of the art technology and five star practice. True professionals.
Great People. Great Dental Care
Great people, great dental care. Highly recommend for all dental needs. Simply the best. Cody did a wonderful job and got me in and out on a busy day.
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!
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”
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”
First time patient. Very pleased. Efficient yet friendly. Most thorough dental exam I’ve ever experienced. Looking forward to a long relationship.
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!
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!
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!”
What a great office! Everyone is so nice and caring.
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”
Appointment was Outstanding
My appointment was outstanding! Kudos to my hygienist Gloria (highly recommended) she is very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. My teeth look spotless after my dental cleaning, got rid of all that coffee stain, yey! Looking forward to my next visit! Thank You!
Quick and Flawless
I live on the southeast coast of Florida but on a recent trip to Marco Island I a crown fell off . I called Island Tower Dentistry and Dr. Van Dyke got me in within a few hours and flawlessly, quickly and painlessly recemented my crown. A great experience.
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!
Everyone is Welcoming
Everyone at the office is welcoming and do their jobs well. Like everyone there but glad I only see them several times a year for teeth cleaning!
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”
Service & Staff were Amazing
Service and staff were amazing! Very polite and professional.
I Recommend to Everyone
Great dentist on our little island. Modern, full services and comprehensive knowledge of the latest techniques. I recommend them to everyone.
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”
Professional & Friendly
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!!
Our family loves Island Tower Dentistry and the rest of the staff. I can’t say enough good things about this dental office. Dr. Van Dyke is very kind and knowledgeable. He explained in detail everything that I needed to have done which really helped me understand the next steps. I also always look… forward to my time spent with the Dental hygienist as they keep me relaxed because they are great at what they do! Read more “Family Loves!”
Just had a session with a first class hygienist. She was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
Friendly front desk staff, knowledgeable hygienist and Dr Schulze. A winning combination!
Best experience I could of asked for with going to see the dentist. From the minute I walked into the building to the minute I left, the staff made it a joyful experience. Also an extra thank you to Cody for making my experience as pain free as possible and pleasant, with great laughs along… the way. I Would recommend to anyone and everyone, 10/10. Make sure to ask for Cody ! Read more “Joyful Experience”
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.
Doctor and Staff are Top Notch
I called Dr. Van Dyke’s office and explained my emergency situation. I was then told to come right over and would be squeezed in. My problem was then rectified very quickly. All future options were explained in detail. Doctor and staff are top notch!
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!