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Oct
12

Three Ways to Correct Worn Down Tooth Enamel

Posted in Bonding

Do you have flat, sharp tooth edges in the front of your mouth? What about back teeth that are worn down more than they should be? Prematurely worn teeth can cause several problems like broken restorations, advanced wear of the dentition, aesthetic concerns, and TMJ complications.

Depending on the type of tooth wear you are experiencing, there can be a few different ways to correct or improve how your teeth look:

Composite Bonding
Bonding is made of tooth colored material just like a composite filling. It can be color-matched so that it blends in with the surrounding enamel. This makes it perfect for rebuilding areas across the mouth. Typically bonding is placed along the margins of the gumlines when enamel is worn away, or on small chipped areas of the front teeth.

Dental Veneers
If your tooth is generally healthy, but you’re not happy with a chipped or worn down area, dental veneers can be placed over them. Veneers create a new appearance to the tooth by bonding a thin porcelain shell directly onto your healthy tooth. Veneers are a quick way to dramatically change the entire smile, not just the one tooth that’s affected.

Porcelain Crowns
Crowns cover the entire tooth. They’re useful not only for returning aesthetics to the smile, but also repairing broken or damaged enamel. If teeth have had severe decay or even need to be treated with a root canal, porcelain crowns preserve function and look great at the same time.

It’s important to ask your dentist to check for cavities and severity of wear before deciding which treatment is best for you!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

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