Worn Down Dentition
In severe cases, the tooth can be worn down to the nerve and gum level, causing severe pain or sensitivity. Without a proper bite, chewing can become impaired, and the lower third of the face looks collapsed.
Worn down dentition is a result of excessive tooth wear. It can be caused by acid erosion, which is often the result of frequent consumption of acidic drinks or foods. It can also be caused by excessive clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism), resulting in shorter, chipped and cracked teeth. Incorrect toothbrushing technique can also cause tooth wear, giving rise to notching of teeth.
Treatment aims to remove the cause, repair and strengthen the worn tooth structure, and prevent any further damage by proper maintenance. In the case of bruxism, patients may also suffer from frequent headaches or pain in their jaw joints, and treatment may require the wearing of a night guard during sleep. The worn surfaces of the teeth can often be restored to improve appearance and function.
Full mouth rehabilitation may become necessary for severe cases, which involves several cosmetic dental procedures designed to improve the health and appearance of your smile.
Full mouth rehabilitation is a challenging treatment modality, as the restorative dentist needs to thoroughly understand every aspect of the dentition, its relationship to the jaw joints, and the functional interactions of the masticatory muscles. At Morgan Street Dental Centre, our clinicians undergo extensive training to develop an understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation and restoration of oral health, and the creation of tooth replacements.
Please contact us for a consultation to know more about treatment options for worn down dentition.
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