As people get older, the body naturally begins the process of breaking down—and unfortunately, that includes our teeth. Worn teeth are somewhat inevitable, but diligent oral hygiene and quality dental care from Dr. Mack & Dr. Wachter can help save as much of your natural teeth as possible.
It is extremely common for adults to have tooth wear beyond the degree that is healthy for their age, and unfortunately, severe tooth wear ages them as well.
Some of the problems caused by worn-down teeth include:
TMJ and jaw joint issues
Nerve exposure, leading to severe toothache
If you suffer from bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth), some tooth wear may be alleviated by using a nightguard while you sleep, but there are other causes for tooth wear:
Malocclusion (teeth and bite misalignment)
Abrasion (external forces on teeth including hard bristle toothbrushes or teeth whiteners)
Erosion (chemical or acid breaking down of teeth)
Restorative dentistry may be recommended in cases of severe tooth wear, particularly if significant tooth damage should occur. However, it is important to identify the cause of tooth wear before undergoing treatment—and Family Dentistry of Bellevue can help! Saving your teeth is the most important thing to your Bellevue dentist—and for your health in the long run.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.