If you feel like your teeth are wearing down or getting shorter it is not just a cosmetic issue. Excessive wear can cause them to chip, break, and even expose the nerves of your teeth resulting in toothaches. Letting them continue to break down can lead to more major dentistry and in severe cases they may be too small to be saved.
The good news is that we can protect, preserve and restore your short teeth, often improving the appearance of your smile at the same time.
Preserving your teeth before there is a real problem is the best option. We encourage you to pay attention to:
Damage from External Forces – habits of clenching your teeth, holding things in your mouth, or using your teeth as tools put them at risk. Accidents, mouth jewelry, or ill-fitting appliances can cause trouble as well. Do what you can to eliminate these external stresses on your teeth.
Stress and Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – it is common to clench or grind your teeth when you are under stress. At night, when the part of your brain that controls this impulse is asleep, the force of your grinding increases greatly. Finding ways to process stress and relax before you sleep can help prevent this. You may also benefit from a nightguard appliance that provides a physical barrier and protects your teeth from unnecessary wear and tear.
Misaligned Teeth – in some cases, crooked or misaligned teeth can throw off your bite and cause your teeth to hit in ways they were not meant to. This causes additional stress on your teeth and the situation often worsens as the teeth move even more. We will evaluate your bite and the position of your teeth carefully before making any recommendations.
If you have concerns about the wear and tear on your teeth, we would love to support you in having the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. It all begins with an appointment with Dr. Smith, which you can schedule by calling: (865) 922-1613