There are many factors that affect the integrity of the natural teeth, sometimes causing them to appear worn or begin to crack and chip: dental problems, diet, lifestyle habits, genetics, accidents. If untreated, worn and/or damaged teeth can become lost teeth.
Buford dentist Dr. Alla Brown addresses worn teeth with a variety of treatment options, but also seeks to identify the underlying cause to ensure that any dentistry provides lasting results. Restoring balance to the bite with restorative and cosmetic procedures is as important as addressing the appearance of the teeth and the key to avoiding the development of similar or additional dental problems later on.
In other words, if a patient has prematurely worn or damaged teeth that are the result of teeth grinding and TMJ, it is necessary to diagnose and treat the cause of the TMJ in conjunction with any treatment designed to restore the damaged teeth or that same patient may return years later with the same problem! Dr. Brown will take the time to evaluate your entire occlusal system during a consultation and exam, offering a comprehensive approach and treatment plan that will both enhance your smile and your dental health!
Treatment options for worn teeth:
- Dental crowns: crowns serve as a “cap” for a damaged or filled tooth, strengthening it and avoiding tooth loss
- Dental fillings: cosmetic fillings can be recommended to brighten the smile and/or fix old, leaky fillings
- Porcelain veneers: dental veneers can be used to cover damaged teeth in the “smile zone”, also covering stains and imperfections
- Tooth bonding: Dr. Brown may use tooth bonding to address cracks, chips or to realign the bite by reshaping the tooth surface
In some cases, Dr. Brown may also recommend orthodontic treatment to address misaligned teeth that can contribute to early wear and/or damage.
It is important to remember that teeth do not grow back! If your teeth have become worn, schedule a visit with Dr. Brown at Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford to begin the process of restoring your dental health and improving your smile!