Occlusal Disease

Occlusion is a term that is used to refer to the alignment of your teeth. Your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or excess spacing. None of your teeth should be turned or twisted at odd angles. The teeth of your upper jaw should slightly overlap the teeth of your lower jaw so that the pointed ridges of your molars fit into the grooves of the opposite molar.

Deviations from ideal occlusion (dental alignment) are known as malocclusion.  With a malocclusion, the teeth do not come together correctly when one bites.

If left untreated, occlusal problems can damage your teeth, the bones and gums around your teeth, and the jaw muscles you use for chewing.  Any excessive or abnormally rapid tooth wear should not be dismissed as “natural aging or wear” of the teeth.

We can provide treatment to alleviate any pain and discomfort caused by malocclusion.

Signs and Symptoms of Malocclusion and Occlusal Disease

  • Excessive wear of the tooth enamel
  • Tooth cracking and breakage
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loss of bone
  • Muscle pain
  • Symptoms of TMJ (jaw problems and discomfort)

We want to preserve the oral health of all our patients and treating occlusal disease can lead to optimal oral health and successful dental treatment.

Contact our dental office and make an appointment.  We are here to help: (802) 878-5591

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
“I enjoy being able to take care of people on a daily basis, whether it is getting them out of pain, improving their smile, or simply keeping them in excellent dental health.”

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Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
“My profession means everything to me. It is what drives me every day and, other than my family, it is what I enjoy the most.”

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Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
“Some children dream to grow up and become astronauts or cowboys, but I’ve always wanted to be a dentist. Now my profession is my passion and my life.”

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Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
“My job is to give patients as many options as possible, explain the differences, and help them make decisions that fit their lives.”

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What Sets Us Apart?

Experience

The professionals at Essex Family Dental are among the most skilled dental care teams in Vermont. Dr. J. Allen Feeley, Dr. Nathan Makay, Dr. Michael Gibilisco, & Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins apply their expertise and consult with one another for the benefit of the people they treat.

Comfort

Your ease at our practice is very important to us, whether that means a comfortable waiting room, painless treatment, or feeling informed about your care. Our doctors are happy to educate you about your treatment options and our staff is always gentle.                

Convenience

Essex Family Dental keeps the most convenient hours, offering appointments until 7pm Monday-Thursday, including morning and afternoon appointments on Friday and Saturday. We also schedule same-day treatment for patients with emergency needs.