Cosmetic Dentistry

Worn Teeth

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Worn Teeth

Lillybrook Dental Kallangur creates beautiful smiles with treatment for worn teeth

Worn teeth are like everything else in our bodies which is subject to frequent use over time. Our teeth can wear down as part of natural progression as we age. Should the wear be excessive relative to our age, then appearances can be impacted and the potential for other problems arise: temperature-sensitive teeth making eating and drinking unpleasant, chipping and fracturing of the teeth, problems with occlusion causing joint issues and toothache as a result of exposed nerves.

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What causes worn teeth?

An accurate diagnosis of the cause from Lillybrook Dental’s cosmetic dentists will ensure you receive the correct treatment for worn teeth. It may be that wear is caused by grinding, often at night or an improper occlusion or bite as the upper and lower teeth rub against each other leading to loss of tooth structure.

The way you brush your teeth, the kind of toothpaste you use and certain diets can also wear away tooth structure. Then there erosion caused by acid – from soda or juice drinks, or from reflux – identifiable by the distinct smooth surface, different from sharp edges caused by erosion and attrition.

Finding out what is the cause of your worn teeth will determine the kind of cosmetic dental treatment required to restore your teeth to natural appearance.

How can worn teeth be treated?

Worn Teeth Image

Lillybrook Dental will advise cosmetic dental treatment appropriate to remedy the cause of the condition.

A night guard may also be given for patients who grind teeth, as well as for protection of worn teeth restored with composite fillings or porcelain veneers or crowns. This measure helps protect teeth from further damage. Teeth worn down by abrasion may simply require treatment filling the worn areas with composite bonding. For teeth that are eroded, restoring the teeth to full, natural appearance to avoid further breakdown of the teeth structure may involve the application of porcelain veneers or crowns.

A talk with Kallangur’s own Lillybrook Dental cosmetic dentists will set you on the right track to a wonderful smile.

Any invasive or surgical procedure has risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results can vary.

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