Over the years the height of the upper and lower teeth can abnormally wear down!
This can result in
- Sensitive teeth
- Rough edges to teeth
- Exposed nerve inside the tooth
- Teeth appearing yellowed out
If nothing is done than this can obviously get worse. Often people who suffer from this have difficulty eating, their tongue and cheeks feeling like they are roughed up!
What we aim to do is seek first to understand the cause(s), which have allowed this situation to occur. It is part of our new patient exam to check for teeth which have worn chipped or fractured.
Once we have an idea we discuss ways in which we can prevent this from occuring and then discuss with you options by which you restore the structure and function as well as appearance.
Based on your decision we can do as much or as little as you decide. No sales pressure. We offer independent advice, education and obviously treatment for those who decide to get it. The treatment option are always prefaced by the advantages and disadvantages, the cost and time involved with each step. However the golden rule of “do unto others as other do unto me” means I wouldn’t recommend the treatment if I wasn’t comfortable doing it on myself or my family.
If there is one or a few teeth which are chipped than sometimes, polishing, reshaping can be all that is needed to correct the problem.
If the teeth in either or both jaws are worn or chipped then they can be rebuilt. The process by which this happens is not much different when someone builds a house. There is a blue print, underpinned by sound bio-engineering principles. The choice is then what material is used.
The materials are summarised below:
- Composite resin build up. In fact, it is a process whose effectiveness is sometimes not fully appreciated. By effectiveness, I mean a way to buildup worn down teeth in a one to two step process. It doesn’t involve the cutting down of already worn teeth and of course the cost is less than the alternatives. The longevity though is limited compared to other materials.
- Ceramic. Once a position in which the worn down teeth can be safely and effectively built up is found, sometimes via option 1, then this can be built up. This is a very strong and predictable way to build up worn down teeth. However it is a time and cost intensive process.
- Gold on the back teeth and ceramic on the front. The difference is gold on the last two teeth. The advantage of gold is that it has the longest track record of any material in dentistry.
If you would like to find out more how we may be able to help you, please call us.