Technology to Improve Oral Function
At the Stuart, FL practice of Dr. Michael Sohl, you can rest easy knowing you have access to the most advanced technology available. One example is the computerized occlusal analysis that Dr. Sohl uses to diagnose malocclusion, or a bad bite.
A patient has a bad bite if the upper jaw and lower jaws, and teeth, do not align properly. This condition can lead to a host of dental health problems and significantly impact a patient’s quality of life.
Malocclusion may contribute to:
- Tooth and gum damage
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Tinnitus (earache, ringing ears)
- Jaw pain
- Inability to chew food properly
- Inability to completely close or open jaws
- Migraines or headaches
- Low back and/or neck pain
- Additional, and often related damage, due to bruxism
Computerized occlusal analysis is a diagnostic test provides a full-color 2D or 3D set of images of the jaws and teeth. It gives Dr. Sohl data to determine the minute details of a patient’s bite force and whether malocclusion is present. Treatment for malocclusion may include dental restorations, functional orthodontics, and/or an occlusal splint. Physical therapy and habit changes (no gum chewing) can also help relieve pain associated with malocclusion, as well as TMJ disorder.