Worn Down Teeth
Most people never imagine their teeth wearing down in their lifetime. As the average age increases for the first time in history; many people are living well into their 80’s with all or most of their teeth.
Despite being the hardest part of the human body, teeth will wear down or even break over such a long time frame. Everybody grinds their teeth while sleeping and many of us grind our teeth during the day, either while driving or at work and don’t even realize it. Teeth are constructed to absorb and withstand our grinding and chewing to a point. Over long periods of time constant grinding and chewing takes its toll on the hard outer shell of your teeth, the enamel. Small cracks can occur. This can not only lead to chips and larger cracks in your teeth, but can also attribute to tooth decay. Long term grinding and chewing even has an effect on the sharp surfaces of your molars. It is very important to let a dentist examine your teeth if you think you are grinding constantly. An experienced dentist like Dr. Thompson will notice signs when examining your teeth that will indicate you are grinding them or they are showing beginning signs of mild to moderate wearing down on the surface. Incisal edges that are the cutting edges of your teeth may show some chipping or fracturing. The upper front teeth start to appear to be losing their height, which is quite common in aging adults. If your teeth look like they are losing a great deal of their height and structure, this can be signs of accelerated deterioration of your teeth.
Other symptoms of too much grinding can be a painful jaw and muscle pain or even constant headaches.
There are many reasons people grind their teeth; anger and stress are two of the most common ones. Sleep apnea can also be linked to grinding and can be addressed by your doctor and of course let’s not forget about time. Just normal grinding and chewing in our everyday lives over long periods of time can result in damaged teeth.
Another interesting way people can prematurely wear their teeth down is using them as a device to either hold pens or pencils or any hard object. This is quite common, like chewing on a pencil and over time can wear away at the enamel.
The good news is that our offices at Kierland Dental Center can restore your worn teeth. We use only the strongest materials on the market; ceramics and metals. Resin based materials are not a good choice since they will wear out quickly. Once Dr. Thompson restores your teeth to their original appearance, we fit our patients with a custom built mouth guard. This simple inexpensive mouth piece can save all 28 teeth from further damage or if the wear is in its very early stages can save you from unnecessary treatments and expenses.
For the optimum care in dental health please visit Kierland Dental Center.
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