Attrition | Abrasion | Erosion
The cause of worn teeth is often the lack harmony between your bite, the muscles that control your bite and your jaws joint ( Temporomandibular Joint - TMJ ). This is a common occurrence in many patients and the process of treating this is predictable. Types
Problems caused by worn teeth may also have sore muscles, experience migraines and other nave have clicking or uncomfortable jaw joints. Click here for more information on Complete Care Aesthetics and Dental Treatments.
The treatment involves finding the correct bite that is in harmony with the joint and the muscles. This treatment can be simple and produce an improvement in appearance, function, health and confidence.
Treatment may involve using a one or a combination of the following techniques: Crowns, bonding treatments & Smile Makeovers
Worn teeth are when the outer surfaces of the teeth (enamel and/or dentine) are lost due to the wear and tear that teeth undergo. However there are certain factors that can exacerbate this irreversible loss leading to increased reduction of tooth substance.
The loss of tooth substance (enamel and dentine) may be as a result of mechanical factors such as an unbalanced bite, teeth worn down from grinding, jaw problems or lack of back teeth and hence increased chewing forces on the front teeth.
Alternatively, it may be caused by chemical factors such as acid damage with acidic foods and drink. In most cases there are usually both mechanical and chemical factors present which can cause many further dental problems.
This is when tooth wear occurs due to some mechanical interference causing an incorrect unstable tooth-to-tooth contact. The two teeth then wear each other away until the causative factor is removed. An example of attrition is when people unconsciously grind their teeth.
This is when an external abrasive substance or material causes teeth to wear down. An example of this is toothpastes and toothbrushes.
This is when a chemical erodes the surface of teeth causing them to wear away. An example of this would be acidic foods, drink and carbonated beverages.
When we close our mouths, our occlusion, or ‘bite,’ should be balanced and even. In technical terms, this means that the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which are the two joints at either sides of the jaw, should be in complete harmony with the bite.
If our bite is uneven in any way, this could cause numerous problems, including pain and clicking of the jaw, loose teeth, broken and fractured teeth, as well as headaches and migraines as a result of overactive muscle use. Another possible consequence of having an uneven bite is worn teeth.
Once you have worn through the outer enamel layer on your teeth, you will find yourself in the softer layer, called dentine. Those who are at this stage will find their teeth wearing down at a much quicker rate.
In many cases, those suffering from worn teeth can feel unattractive and can cause a lack confidence since worn teeth can give an aged facial appearance. What’s more, if left untreated, worn teeth can lead to further deterioration and long-term problems, including increased tooth sensitivity, infection and difficulties with tooth restoration / fillings / crowns in the future.
If the issue is left too long, then the patient can find future treatments more costly and complex. These issues could have otherwise been prevented.
If you feel that you suffer from worn teeth and would like more information or would like a complimentary consultation regarding your specific case, please call us on 01992 552115
Analysis and planning
Wearing a deprogramming device (i.e. a small plastic device over the edges of the front teeth to open up the bite (night time wear for a week or so)
Recording the new bite and jaw position
Creation of laboratory made wax ups (i.e. simulation of the new end result)
Testing of this new / improved bite and appearance with a trial set of teeth
Fitting of the back porcelain (or similar) laboratory made restorations
Creation and fitting of an acrylic (plastic) protective mouth guard for night time wear & protection of your teeth and restorations
Checking and making refined bite adjustments using our computerised bite monitoring equipment (T Scan)
Maintenance with the Hygienist (every 4-6 months as advised)
An example is Derek. He had teeth that were wearing away. He was also keen to have an improvement to his appearance. We created a new smile with strong, long lasting porcelain crowns.
If you have lost a lot of teeth or surface of your teeth through wear and tear, we recommend you opt for a definitive and comprehensive approach to treatment, as opposed to just a ‘quick fix.’
Here at the Perfect Smile Studios, our method involves a precise analysis of your teeth and biting patterns using innovative technology. We would then plan to re-establish the loss of tooth tissue, which would enable us to create aesthetic and functional porcelain restorations for your teeth. Taking this approach will ensure the best possible results in the restorative process of your smile makeover or simply restoring your teeth back to health. The steps are as follows:
Our approach is all about making harmony with every aspect of the mouth, which involves creating the perfect occlusion (harmonious bite) by managing the bite of the patient. With the perfect occlusion, it is impossible for the patients to wear down, overload, or put extra pressure on teeth in the future, and will leave patients with a long-lasting smile they can be proud of.
The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.
We are at this stage able to assist you with potential options available to you. Depending on your requirements we can customise and tailor-make individual treatments plans to suit your needs and budgets. You can opt for simple procedures to more complex involved treatments plans to produce your beautiful new smile. Our aim is answer your questions and provide you with the advantages and disadvantages.
We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a hand crafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth. We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
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I live in London so it was no problem visiting them at Harley Street, I was a bit nervous when I walked in but it all went fine and I now have no more gaps in my teeth, many thanks Sarah
5 out of 5 starsposted 3 months ago
My dental plan included quite intrusive treatment, all of which was carried out with concern for my comfort. Time was taken to insure that I was included in every decision to be made.
Everyone was very friendly and made me feel 'at home'. Thanks to the dentists at this amazing practice!!
Contact us for any questions, requests and further information; or to arrange a FREE Initial Consultation.
The free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.