Wear Did My Teeth Go?

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If you have ever noticed that your teeth look short, there are spaces between them, they have changed position, parts have broken, or they look dark, it is probably due to dental wear. In dental terms, wear is called attrition, erosion, or abrasion. All result in the progressive loss of tooth structure but are caused by different factors. Wear is common, but it is not normal. In cases of significant wear, the outer 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, and TMJ problems.  Predictably restoring worn teeth is accomplished when the TMJ (jaw joints), the jaw muscles, and the teeth work together in harmony.  When all three of these components can equally balance the biting forces, the restored teeth are unlikely to wear, break or move. Today, in-office computer 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 www.NewParadigmDentistry.com for examples of worn smiles made new again.

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