Occlusal disease is caused by a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches, also called malocclusion. If left untreated, occlusal disease can damage your teeth, the supporting bones and gums around your teeth, temporomandibular joints, and the jaw muscles you use for chewing.
An oral surgeon is responsible for repositioning the jaw or jaws so that the teeth and jaws are in proper alignment. Therefore, an oral surgeon works closely with an orthodontist in order to treat malocclusions. Pre-surgical orthodontics is necessary prior to orthognathic surgery in order to move teeth so that they will fit together properly after the jaws have been repositioned.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OCCLUSAL DISEASE
- Teeth cracking or breaking
- Difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing
- Chronic jaw pain
- open bite
- mouth breathing
- facial injury or birth defects
- sleep apnea
- receding chin or protruding jaw
- TMJ symptoms
Orthognathic surgery is a long term commitment with you and your orthodontist and oral surgeon. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Tocchio will work closely with your orthodontist during your treatment. Corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect to you, with benefits such as the ability to chew and bite food, breathe and even have your appearance enhanced as well.