- Gum recession
- Abfractions (loss of tooth structure just below the gum line)
- Wear facets on the teeth
- Fracture lines on the teeth
- Broken restorations
- Fractured teeth
- Tooth mobility
Treating occlusal disease starts with an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, not all dentists have expertise in the area and occasionally attribute the symptoms to other conditions, which leads to patients undergoing ineffective, unnecessary procedures. Dr. Gutierrez have the training and experience to perform a comprehensive occlusal analysis through a clinical examination, impressions and other records. We always look for signs of occlusal disease prior to major restorative or cosmetic work because it will damage your restorations and dramatically reduce their lifespan. If we determine you have occlusal disease, we can use a variety of methods to manage it and prevent any further destruction.
At MDCS, we start with a conservative approach, such as creating a custom nightguard or reshaping the bite through a gentle procedure known as occlusal equilibration. For more serious occlusal disease, extensive restorative treatment or Invisalign treatment may be indicated, either alone or in conjunction with other options. Our team will explain your diagnosis and treatment options in detail so that you can make informed decisions. Our team looks forward to serving you and your family in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Marina del Rey, and the greater South Bay and Los Angeles areas.