If you’re experiencing jaw pain or trouble sleeping, and it seems as though your teeth are wearing down, it’s possible you could have a condition called occlusal disease. This condition is caused by a misalignment of your upper and lower arches, also known as malocclusion. Without proper treatment, it’s possible to experience severe damage throughout your smile, including damage to your gum tissues, jawbones and joints (temporomandibular joint), and all surrounding muscles. Thankfully, Dr. Daniel Bearley with Bearley Dental in Charlottesville, Virginia, has the experience and expertise to treat occlusal disease.
Many doctors and dentists fail to diagnose occlusal disease and dismiss the symptoms as part of the natural aging process or expected tooth wear. However, this isn’t always the case, which is why it’s important to talk to a dentist experienced in recognizing and treating occlusal disease, such as Dr. Bearley. A few of the symptoms of malocclusion may include:
Proper care for patients suffering from occlusal disease can find comfort, relief, and improved oral health. Treatments vary depending on the disease’s progression and the patient’s jaw’s current condition. For example, in mild cases, Dr. Bearley can usually address the issue using an occlusal splint. But, for more severe cases, treatment may require dental restorations and orthodontics. Tooth restorations such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures can help bring your smile back to life. And orthodontics will realign your smile to help relieve pain and improve its appearance and function.
If you’re suffering from occlusal disease or any other dental condition, please know that we are here to help. Call Bearley Dental today and book your appointment to see Dr. Bearley begin your recovery journey. Our phone number is (434) 443-8034, and our practice is at 901 Preston Ave, Ste 200, Charlottesville, VA.