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How to fix worn down teeth?

Jan 3, 2024Oral health, oral surgery

How to fix worn down teeth?

Approximately 15% of the American populace experiences teeth grinding and clenching, leading to the unfortunate reality of worn-down teeth. Unfortunately, this condition is widespread among sufferers, causing them to feel self-conscious about their smiles and resorting to hiding or covering them as much as possible. Many individuals fail to recognize the impact that our smiles have on not only our confidence and happiness… but also our overall daily routine.

Various dental procedures have been designed to address the issue of worn-out teeth. These treatments include:

  • Crowns: Worn teeth are a frequent condition that can be treated effectively with the use of dental crowns. This dental treatment must be performed by a qualified professional who will place caps on top of teeth that have been either ground down or damaged.
  • Dental bonding: The procedure comprises of utilizing a tooth-colored composite substance to conceal any defects. The said material is administered onto the margins of the teeth with the intention of rectifying any worn-down edges.
  • Veneers: The method of veneers is a beneficial dental treatment that aims to revamp the overall aesthetic appeal, functionality, and sensation of your teeth. This treatment involves attaching a delicate layer of porcelain to the exterior of your teeth, with the primary goal of enhancing the appearance of the front segment of your teeth.

 

What Are The Steps To Take To Fix Worn Down Teeth?

It is advisable to visit your dentist for a comprehensive dental check-up along with x-rays. This will assist in identifying the worn teeth and help the dentist put forth a comprehensive treatment plan to fix them.

Crown Lengthening: Before any dental treatment can be administered, tooth lengthening through gum surgery may be necessary. The procedure should only be performed by a experienced cosmetic dentist or proficient periodontist. For proper healing, the gum tissues will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to fully recover.

You may need a rehabilitation: Full mouth rehabilitation, commonly referred to as full mouth reconstruction, is a restorative dental procedure aimed at restoring the functionality and appearance of damaged teeth. This process utilizes dental crowns as a means of rebuilding the damaged tooth structure and optimizing the natural biting function by adjusting the bite alignment. The dental term for increasing the vertical dimension of your bite is known as opening your bite. Adequate training and expertise in such cases are necessary for an experienced cosmetic dentist. Before starting the treatment, it is crucial to provide the patient with clear treatment planning and expectations.

Get your nightguard: After the completion of the entire procedure for full mouth reconstruction, it is necessary to have a dental nightguard to ensure that the porcelain remains intact. It’s imperative that you wear this guard on all occasions when sleeping to avoid any damage that may occur otherwise.

 

What Causes Worn Down Teeth?

The condition of worn down teeth can be attributed to various causative factors. In order to provide insight into the matter, we will discuss the primary sources that give rise to this issue.

Abrasion: Dental professionals use the term non-contact related mechanical wear to describe the loss of tooth structure caused by external forces. Activities like excessive brushing with force and the use of toothpicks can result in tooth wear and ultimately, loss of teeth.

Abfraction: Abfraction is a type of dental condition where mechanical loss of tooth structure occurs near the gum line. It is not associated with dental decay and affects the tooth structure along the gingival margin.

Erosion: Tooth erosion involves the gradual wearing down of tooth structure as a result of chemical factors, commonly the accumulation of acid that is not produced by bacteria. Various factors are known to contribute to tooth erosion, such as the consumption of acidic drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, excessive alcohol intake, bulimia, and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).

  • Bulimia is the primary cause of eroded teeth, affecting a considerable number of individuals nationwide. The restoration of teeth subjected to bulimia erosion can lead to significant expenses, amounting to more than $50,000. This high cost is attributed to the need for every tooth to be crowned with a dental crown. Fortunately, there are treatments available to repair dental damage caused by bulimia. The approach taken will depend on the extent of past bulimic behaviors and may involve therapeutic measures such as root canal therapy, crown placement, or potentially even dental fillings.

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