Worn Down teeth

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About Worn Down Teeth

Worn teeth are a growing concern particularly for aged people nowadays, yet they can be stopped and treated after the cause is found. Teeth worn down is a natural adverse effect of aging, they may become darker in color. This is generally an aesthetic issue, and it can begin to impact your bite which results in headaches or back pain. As your age increases, it’s normal that your enamel might slowly wear down. A normal adult around the age of 30 can lose a millimeter of their front teeth; this is because chewing causes friction. It is sad to say that a large number of older adults are having excessive teeth wear down compared to normal adults. This can result in problems such as an unattractive smile and tooth sensitivity. If you doubt that you may be facing an issue of excessively worn down teeth, it is best to address this issue as early as possible. Take a close look at worn-down teeth, their common causes, how you can prevent them, and treatment options your dentist may suggest.

Cause of worn down teeth

If you are experiencing anxiety and try to grind your teeth, this becomes the reason for your enamel to wear down early. When one tooth grinds against another, the friction can slowly rub away the enamel. Small cracks in tooth enamel may take place by grinding your jaw. The enamel nearby these cracks wears away when you brush your teeth. Chewing hard foods may slowly remove the enamel on your teeth. Similarly brushing hard with a hard toothbrush can have the same outcome. This is why dentists usually advise using a soft toothbrush. When you eat acidic foods, the acid weakens your enamel. Then the enamel is more likely to be worn away when you brush your teeth or chew harder foods.

Problems Caused By Worn Teeth

When you go to the dentist to talk about your worn-down teeth, the initial thing they will do is determining the reason for teeth wear down. Thus, you can address the reason for the wear down to stop it from becoming any worse. For some patients, there is a single reason for tooth wear down, while there are many factors involved in tooth wear down for others. Your enamel is fully white, but the layer below it-the dentin -is yellow. As your enamel grinds and becomes thinner, the dentin becomes visible, and your teeth evolve a more yellowed look. This is generally clear over the surface of teeth. If you feel pain when you drink something hot or cold, this sensitivity is possible because of the thinness of your worn enamel. The hot or cold items get in touch with nerve endings in the dentin of your teeth, causing an overreaction. If your teeth are badly worn down, they don’t always come together properly. Strain in your jaw may occur due to this misalignment, and this results in a headache. Excessive tooth wears down because bite misalignment makes it difficult to bite items such as apples and carrots. It becomes hard for you to chew because your teeth no longer fit together properly.

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Treatment Options for Worn down Teeth

If the dentist has determined that you are facing a problem of worn-down teeth, they will help you to explore ways to address the primary reason for these worn-down teeth. For example, they will advise you to choose a softer toothbrush, wear a mouth guard to stop you from grinding tooth, and avoid acidic foods. To correct the already existing worn-down teeth, your dentist may suggest treatments such as dental bonding and crowns. Dental bonding is a method in which tooth-colored composite material will be used on the border of your teeth. The composite will cover the worn surfaces, enhance the look of your teeth and also tackle any bite alignment and sensitivity problems you are facing. If teeth are worn down on several surfaces then your dentist suggests crowns for covering those teeth. A crown is usually composed of porcelain or composite resin. It covers the whole tooth, assisting to prevent any chips or cracks from spreading while securing the tooth from extra enamel damage.

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For more information on the causes of worn teeth, or to schedule an appointment, call Total Care Dental at (02) 42966440 to schedule an appointment.

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