Take a look at your teeth. Are the edges of your front teeth smooth and contoured, or are they flattened and sharp? If your answer is the latter, then it’s time to take a look at advanced tooth wear.
Wear can take place due to natural biting patterns, or from habits such as grinding and clenching. If your teeth hit end-to-end, natural chewing forces will cause them to wear down quicker than if you had a healthy biting relationship. Stress that causes clenching or grinding will make enamel wear against itself, causing additional issues. Having a bite splint made can help prevent this from becoming a problem if you’re experiencing symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, or TMJ disorders.
You might begin noticing your teeth chipping away or even breaking. Since enamel is extremely hard, it works against the other teeth! Other restorations such as fillings or crowns may also begin to chip, wear through, or fall out. In most cases, people with advanced wear or grinding habits will have to replace their restorations more frequently.
Taking a proactive approach to your tooth wear can save your smile and your pocketbook. During every exam, your dentist checks your occlusion (bite) and screens for evidence of wear. Early diagnosis of wear can give you the upper hand. Correcting the problem with the use of a bite guard or through orthodontic therapy will prevent complications from happening before they even start.
Our bites normally change over time, due to age and the drifting of our teeth. If you’re not already seeing a dentist regularly, it’s time to schedule a preventive visit today!
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