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“Wear” Did My Teeth Go?

If you have ever noticed that your teeth look short, have spaces between them, have changed position, have been broken,  or look dark, it is probably due to dental wear.

In dental terms, wear is known as attrition, erosion, or abrasion. This progressive loss of tooth structure is caused by different factors. Wear is common, but it is not normal.

Wear Effects

In cases of significant wear, the outer protective shell of the tooth (enamel) is missing and the soft, dark inner core of the tooth where the nerve resides (dentin) is exposed.  

 Wear can cause:

  • Shifting of teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Periodontal (gum) issues
  • Nerve exposure
  • TMJ problems

Restoring Worn Teeth

Predictably restoring worn teeth is accomplished when the TMJ (jaw joints), the jaw muscles, and the teeth are guided to work together in harmony.  When the joints, muscles, and teeth can equally balance the biting forces, the restored teeth are unlikely to wear, break or move. Today, in-office computer based TMJ and bite studies are used in developing predictable plans to restore worn teeth.  

With proper planning, a dark and worn smile can look new and youthful again.  Visit our website for examples of worn smiles made new again or contact your Millstone Township dentist, Dr. Burden, for a consultation.

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