Treating the Underlying Cause of Tooth Wear
Some dentists may want to restore worn teeth, but if you do not treat the underlying cause of wear, your restorations will quickly become worn and may fail prematurely. Worse, if your restorations are made of a highly durable material, your clenching or grinding may actually destroy your jawbone, causing receding gums and loose or missing teeth. To achieve a long-term comfortable solution, it’s crucial that you have the underlying cause of your worn teeth corrected before having restorations placed.
The most common cause of clenching and grinding teeth is malocclusion. The most common form of malocclusion that causes clenching and grinding is when the position of your teeth when chewing (called habitual occlusion) is different from the maximum rest position of your teeth (called neuromuscular occlusion).
If you have noticed excessive wear or chipping of your teeth, don’t let it continue to get worse.
Call (803) 781-9090 or contact Smile Columbia Dentistry in Columbia, SC today to find out how best to prevent future wear.