Occlusion Problems


Malocclusion Diagnosis and Treatment (available only at Oakland and Berkeley locations)


Accurate Diagnosis Leads to Proper Treatment

Problems with your bite can lead to problems elsewhere in your body. But, at Total Health Dental Care, we understand the connection. Our work is meant to improve your oral health and overall health.

It can be difficult to make an accurate malocclusion diagnosis, which is why our Oakland-based Total Health Dental Care team and Berkeley-based Total Health Dental Care team employ the latest technology and most skilled doctors to identify and begin malocclusion treatment. If you are suffering pain, discomfort, or other difficulties with tooth functionality, and think that bite misalignment is the cause, contact Total Health Dental Care for malocclusion diagnosis. We proudly serve Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Rockridge, and surrounding communities, and would be happy to help.

Symptoms of Malocclusion Disorders

Occlusion refers to the relationship between your upper and lower teeth, which should fit together evenly with low force exuded on the jaws and tooth surfaces. If there is a misalignment between the upper and lower teeth, then a number of symptoms can help with malocclusion diagnosis. These symptoms include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck and jaw pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain of facial muscles
  • Joint noises in the jaw
  • Difficulties with biting or chewing

It is important to get an occlusion evaluation if you are experiencing these symptoms. Malocclusion can affect your overall health, as well as your oral health, so schedule an appointment today.

TMJ and Malocclusion Diagnosis

Symptoms that are characteristic of malocclusion disorders may also be the result of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition affecting the joint on either side of the head that controls the lower jaw. Malocclusion diagnosis efforts can reveal signs of this condition, which exacerbate challenges to your bite. With advanced dental equipment and the skill of Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi and our team, TMJ symptoms can be accurately identified, and an individualized treatment plan can be customized for you.


Healthy Smiles for a Healthy Life

At Total Health Dental Care, we strive to provide the best patient care, with minimal discomfort, and are committed to a long term goal of promoting full body health for our patients. Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi and our team of dental professionals offer exceptional malocclusion treatment to patients in Oakland and Berkeley.  Malocclusion, TMJ, or other teeth alignment conditions can cause or exacerbate a number of other health conditions if left untreated. The technology for malocclusion treatment has progressed dramatically in recent years, and orthodontics is more comfortable and less conspicuous than ever before. If you suffer from malocclusion, we urge you to seek treatment today.

If you think you could benefit from malocclusion treatment, contact our Oakland-based dental practice or our Berkeley-based dental practice today to make an appointment with Dr. Hokmabadi. A private, one-on-one consultation will help determine the best treatment plan for you to meet your aesthetic goals and total health needs.

Benefits of Malocclusion Treatment

Many people desire malocclusion treatment for its aesthetic enhancements to their smiles. While those benefits are certainly true, there are a number of oral and overall health benefits to improving teeth occlusion. There is a correlation between malocclusion and periodontal, or gum, disease. Periodontal disease not only leads to severe oral health disorders, but can exacerbate overall health conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory disorders. The improvements to bite functionality that result from malocclusion treatment can also make regular nutritional intake easier. If left untreated, malocclusion can progress to affect bone, jaw, neck, and even head health.


Orthodontics is the most common form of malocclusion treatment. There are a variety of options available, and many are more advanced and more convenient than traditional braces. We make careful examinations of the teeth, gums, and jaw line to determine what treatment would be most effective. With orthodontic treatment, the teeth can be gently shifted over time using functional or fixed appliances like splints or braces.

Full Mouth Restoration

A full mouth restoration may be considered for malocclusion treatment in severe cases. During this procedure, the teeth in the upper and lower jaws are fully restored utilizing a range of dental treatments, including dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges, or porcelain veneers. Such treatment may be required as a result of ongoing chronic pain or teeth damage due to extensive malocclusion. Left untreated, these conditions can have severe consequences for your overall health. We will thoroughly investigate the best options available before moving forward with a full mouth restoration. If this is the most beneficial option, it can have incredible restorative and beautifying results for your smile.

TMJ Treatment

At Total Health Dental Care, we are experienced and skilled in examining the relationship between the jaw and the occlusion, or bite, of the upper and lower teeth. This is critical to proper TMJ treatment. More severe cases may benefit from a TMJ splint, which is an inconspicuous appliance that relaxes the jaw and improves occlusion. Dr. Hokmabadi will create a TMJ splint that specifically meets your unique needs for the most effective results.

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Total Health Dental Care offers world-class dental services for patients throughout the East Bay area. The dentists offer care in Piedmont, Old Oakland, Berkeley, and Montclair, California. With compassionate doctors and friendly staff, the practice's goal is always to make patients feel comfortable no matter what brings them into the office.

The practice’s approach to dental care is rooted in a “total health” perspective, recognizing that your dental health is intrinsically connected to your overall health. The office refers to this as holistic-fusion, a method of care which gives the dentists all the advantages of modern dentistry with a focus on root causes and systemic relief. Total Health Dental Care can help you prevent future dental issues and keep that smile beautiful through a proactive approach that treats you as more than just a mouth.

Besides this philosophy, the care team utilizes innovative products and tools, providing accurate diagnoses and comprehensive treatments. With four offices offering outstanding service, Total Health Dental Care is proud to present access to:

Urgent and emergency dental care: Total Health Dental Care focuses on stabilizing and reducing pain for urgent and emergency cases.

Cosmetic dentistry: Including Invisalign®, veneers, dental implants, dental bonding, and more. Total Health Dental Care offers award-winning cosmetic services so that every patient can have a smile that lights up a room.

Restorative dentistry: From crowns and fillings to root canals and wisdom tooth extraction, the Total Health Dental Care offices can handle any of your routine dental needs.

Sedation: Total Health dentists also offer sedation dentistry to make you comfortable during your procedure. Whether to address anxiety or pass the time, many patients opt for one or more sedation options, and your Total Health dentist is happy to review these with you.

Whatever your dental needs, Total Health Dental Care is staffed by caring, experienced professionals who are ready to help you. Every office has modern diagnostic and procedural tools, so you're guaranteed the help you need to get your dental and total health in incredible shape.

Total Health Dental Care is now accepting new patients at all four of its offices and can work with most major forms of insurance.


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Dental Insurance We Accept

Our offices accept most Dental PPO plans. Plans obtained through Covered CA or any HMO plans are not accepted at any of our offices.

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