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Why Do I Have Worn and Chipped Teeth?

As you’ve gotten older, have you noticed your teeth starting to wear down? Perhaps they have flat edges or chips along the biting surfaces. You may even start to notice fillings breaking or crowns wearing out before they should. What causes this, and what can you do to stop it?

Worn teeth can come from a couple of different causes:

Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)

Bruxism is usually caused by stress. The chronic clenching and grinding may happen when you sleep, during your commute to work, or even while you are sitting at your desk. Most of us do it without even realizing that we are. Symptoms may include headaches and muscle pain. Since eliminating stress from our lifestyles isn’t always possible, we recommend wearing a protective bite splint. This protective splint prevents the teeth from forcefully wearing against one another, and the added flexion that comes from that force. As a result, you eliminate the cause of wear and prevent muscle pain and tension. Most people usually see results within just a day or two of use.

Irregular Bite Relationships

Misaligned teeth that do not bite together properly will place force on tooth surfaces that were not designed to withstand them. When repeated day after day, those teeth begin to wear in abnormal patterns. The best way to proactively address this is to consider realigning the teeth through orthodontic therapy.

Sometimes our teeth shift out of place into an abnormal bite after a neighboring tooth has been extracted. Replacing missing teeth as quickly as possible will prevent any other teeth from drifting out of place, resulting in the same problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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