Occlusion refers to how the top and bottom teeth touch each other. Your teeth are meant to fit together like puzzle pieces, and function in a specific way with pressure evenly distributed as you bite down. Occlusal Disease occurs when the “bite” of the jaw is uneven, resulting in uneven pressure and uneven guidance when you slide teeth away from straight biting. This can lead to further problems such as tooth and jaw pain, tooth wear, tooth cracks, tooth breakage, and jaw issues.
Occlusal disease is the cause of many tooth problems and can be overlooked in favor of treating its symptoms. That is because typical approaches in dentistry involve tooth-by-tooth treatments instead of looking at the alignment of your teeth.