Worn teeth are typically the result of teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), and the condition can lead to several problems. Chewing and eating can become uncomfortable or challenging when your teeth are worn, and sometimes it damages or fractures other teeth that are compensating.
The good news is that there are solutions for worn teeth, and Dr. Gentry, your trusted Barclay Downs dentist, has completed specialized training through the Clinical Mastery Series that helps her plan the right treatment for your worn teeth that will restore both aesthetics and function.
Treating Bruxism & Worn Down Teeth in Charlotte
Dr. Gentry takes a holistic approach when she recommends how to best repair your worn teeth and treat your clenching and grinding habits. A holistic approach means that Dr. Gentry is considering your whole body when treatment planning, getting to the root cause of the problem to truly solve it and using the safest, most natural treatment methods for your smile. Some treatment procedures for eliminating worn teeth she may recommend are:
- Dental crowns - A crown covers your tooth entirely, down to the gum line, to preserve its integrity and protect your root.
- Porcelain veneers - A veneer fits over the front surface of a tooth that doesn't need to be covered entirely.
- Dental bonding - This procedure adds composite resin to rebuild worn teeth.
Your treatment may include one or a combination of procedures to achieve the best results.
The Root of the Problem
When Dr. Gentry is restoring worn teeth, it's essential to determine the root cause of the problem. Otherwise, it's likely your restorations could suffer damage and become compromised.
For example, if your bite is not aligned correctly, Dr. Gentry may recommend orthodontic treatment or clear braces to correct your bite before repairing your teeth. Or, if bruxism is the culprit, she may create a custom mouth guard you can wear at night to protect your teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding.
If you're struggling with the complications of worn teeth, contact our Charlotte, NC, dental office at (704) 554-1007 to learn how Dr. Gentry can help you.