Improvements in dental care and oral health have led to the majority of people keeping some or even all of their teeth for the duration of their lives. However, the longer we keep our teeth the more opportunity there is for them to become worn away (also know as Tooth Surface Loss). Worn and chipped teeth are thus a prevalent issue among older patients. Chipped teeth are also not uncommon for people who play contact sports or who have suffered an injury. Here’s what to do if you experience a chip on your tooth, so you do not develop one on your shoulder.
There are three main types of tooth surface loss:
- Attrition: 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.
- Abrasion: This is when an external abrasive substance or material causes teeth to wear down. An example of this is toothpaste and toothbrushes.
- Erosion: 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.
Symptoms of worn teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Lots of present wear
- Tooth sensitivity
- Teeth appear more translucent
- Shorter teeth
A crown for your teeth is almost as good as a crown on your head. Crowns cover the entire teeth and so this treatment will conceal any imperfections caused by short or uneven teeth to make them appear as good as new! Dental crowns are thick caps that are positioned on top of damaged teeth. These work to cover, preserve and protect the underlying tooth. Materials to choose from include porcelain, resin, metals and ceramic.
Thinner than a crown, a veneer covers the front surface of the tooth rather the whole tooth. Acting similarly to a crown, the veneer is used to conceal any imperfections without altering the existing tooth. This may be perfect for you if you are experiencing a more mild version of worn teeth.
Bonding is tooth-coloured composite resin that is used on one or more teeth to repair the damage notably cheaper than other cosmetic dental procedures. Similarly, it is better for more mild cases of worn damage.
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