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Occlusion & TMD

At Kendrick View, we are committed to the effective treatment of the destructive effects of clenching, grinding and tooth wear collectively known as occlusal disease. We use a presentation tool called BiteFX™ that uses friendly animations to explain problems in a way that makes sense to you, the patient. With BiteFX, our patients quickly understand complicated concepts that were previously difficult and time consuming to explain. This will give you an even better appreciation of our treatment recommendations. If you’d like to check out more details about BiteFX, you can do so at their website: https://www.bitefx.com.

Occlusion is the study of the way a patient’s teeth function together, how they touch and how the jaws move. The occlusion usually describes the touching surfaces of the teeth. All of dentistry is affected by your occlusion and occlusal forces.

Every time you have a restoration (filling, crown etc.) your dentist should carefully assess the effects on your occlusion. Imagine teeth closing together with great force. This happens every time we chew but much greater force is used if we clench, particularly in our sleep. This can cause overloading of the teeth – wearing and breaking, sore muscles and sore and stiff jaw joints. If the occlusion isn’t properly balanced you may experience chewing or opening problems or pain such as headaches, jaw and face pain, eye, neck or shoulder pain. This is collectively known as TMD. Patients who clench or grind their teeth (bruxism) are particularly susceptible.

Our dentists are all trained in occlusion and can diagnose the cause and recommend treatment to help alleviate the problem.

For more information, click here to download our occlusion pdf »

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