Why do Teeth Wear Down?
Old age, clenching and grinding the teeth (bruxism) as well as excessive brushing may lead to worn teeth.
What are the Symptoms of Worn Teeth?
When the outer protective layer of the teeth is eroded and the initial layer (dentine) is exposed, the teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold. You may also notice your teeth look a little shorter than before or that the biting edges appear chipped or cracked.
What is the Treatment for Worn Teeth?
The treatment for worn teeth usually involves replacing the worn structure with an artificial material made of either gold alloy, composite or porcelain. Porcelain veneers, also referred to as porcelain laminates or dental veneers, are bonded onto the front area of the teeth. You may also opt for invisible braces or Invisalign to correct teeth that have drifted apart.
If your teeth have worn down due to bruxism, then it is important to protect them from any further damage. The most usual treatment is to wear a custom-made splint or nightguard that will prevent them from contacting. Bruxism can be related to stress, so it is also worth investigating why you developed this condition so you can take action to resolve. Sometimes wearing a nightguard can be sufficient to break the habit.
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