FIXING SHORT, WORN DOWN TEETH | SMALL TEETH TREATMENT
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Small Teeth and Worn Down Teeth
Having teeth that are short, worn down and small, can be very worrying and make you anxious about the look of your smile. For some having small teeth that make you look like you are all gums when you smile is considered ugly and something to be ashamed of.
Today there are a number of treatment options that will give you longer and bigger teeth and a beautiful smile. But first and most importantly is we need the address what exactly have caused this problem.
These are 2 different Dental problems which may have different or similarities that causes them to occur but the treatment to addressed these issues will be nearly the same.
First, we have to address Worn Teeth or Worn Down teeth
Won teeth or worn down teeth are a common problem, especially for older patient and are often caused by the lack of harmony between your bite and the muscles that control it.
In many cases, those suffering from worn teeth can feel unattractive and can cause impactful insecurities since worn teeth can give an aged facial appearance.
Whilst it’s natural for teeth to wear as you get older when teeth become shorter and darker, it’s more of a cause for concern.
Common Causes of Worn Down teeth- Excessive Tooth Wear
When you visit our practice, we will discuss your worn teeth, one of the first things we will do is work with you to determine the cause of your excessive tooth wear. This way, you can address the cause of the wear to prevent it from becoming any worse. In some patients, tooth wear has a single cause, and in other patients, the wear is brought on by a combination of several of these factors. Some wear to teeth is a natural side effect of aging, with worn teeth becoming smaller and darker in colour. This is mainly an aesthetic problem, unless it starts to affect your bite or contribute to a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) which can lead to headaches, earaches, neck or back pain.
Bruxism – a major cause of worn teeth
One of the main factors that can lead to worn down teeth is involuntary tooth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. Although often brought on by stress, in many cases it is an unconscious action performed during the day and/or whilst asleep. In order to try to prevent daytime or night time clenching or grinding, mouth appliances are often suggested to protect the worn teeth and encourage the habit to stop.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism can cause headaches, earaches, facial pain and bite and jaw problems. Continual teeth-grinding can also lead to tooth enamel loss, and leave teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Those suffering from bruxism will often report jaw and tooth pain, particularly in the back molar area.
Occlusal Disease is when your teeth are worn down at an accelerated rate accompanied by tooth and jaw pain. Many people attribute this wear to natural aging; however, it can cause many issues if not treated properly.
Issues with Worn Down Teeth
After the teeth have been worn down to a certain point, you can experience difficulties in everyday tasks. Your speech will be affected, it is harder to chew and digest your food, and your teeth become overly sensitive to everything.
IT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Short, worn teeth can tend to be an aesthetic issue, but as it progresses it can begin to affect your bite and even contribute to the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which on its own causes headaches, neck and back pain.
Once you have worn through the outer enamel layer on your teeth, you will find yourself in the softer layer, called dentine. Those who are at this stage will find their teeth wearing down at a much quicker rate and tooth loss can be common.
What’s more, if left untreated, worn teeth can lead to further deterioration and long-term problems, including increased tooth sensitivity, infection, and difficulties with tooth restoration/fillings/ crowns in the future.
If the issue is left too long, then the patient can find future treatments more costly and complex. These issues could have otherwise been prevented.
Worn-down teeth can cause aesthetic problems and serious oral health issues that require professional dental treatment.
Many patients first notice their teeth are showing wear when they look in the mirror. However, excessive tooth wear can cause an array of other issues that you may not immediately realize are associated with the wear.
The following are problems commonly associated with worn-down teeth.
Tooth enamel is white; however, the layer of your teeth below enamel—known as dentin—is yellow. Your teeth may gradually become more yellow as the enamel on top of dentin wears away due to bruxism, abrasion, or a diet high in acidic foods.
When the enamel on your teeth is worn away, the nerve endings in dentin are exposed to every substance you put in your mouth. Worn-down teeth can make you extremely sensitive to certain foods and drinks, and may even cause pain when brushing your teeth.
Headaches and Jaw Aches
Teeth that become worn down can lead to alignment problems with your bite and jaw to cause strain, headaches, and jaw aches. You may also tend to bite harder or chew differently to compensate for problems with tooth alignment.
Gaps, Spaces and Loose Teeth
When the back teeth wear down and become shorter, the consequences to the front teeth can be devastating. It is termed, secondary occlusal trauma and it can lead to loosening of the front teeth, bone loss, gaps between the teeth and even tooth loss.
Difficulty Biting and Chewing
The bite misalignment that results from excessive tooth wear may also make it harder to bite into items like apples and carrots. You may also struggle to chew since your teeth no longer fit together properly.
What Happens If I Leave A Worn Down Tooth Untreated?
Long term consequences include:
- TMJ (jaw joint) pain
- Dental nerve issues
- Change in appearance of face- lower half of the face gets shorter
- Impaired eating
- Impaired speech
- Generalised sensitivity
- Poor appearance
Treatment for Wearing Teeth or Worn down Teeth
- Treatment for patients with wear must always start with management of the causative factors, such as wearing a nightguard
- We recommend an occlusal mouthguard for you to wear to reduce the wear. It is best to catch this disease early to avoid pain, high costs or repairs, infection, and total tooth loss.
- Enamel acts like a protective thermal seal around the nerve and when it is lost sensitivity often results. Hence, worn teeth are often sensitive to cold foods and drinks, and also to cold air. Sensitive teeth are best managed with use of de-sensitizing toothpastes such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive, and your dentist can apply professional pastes to assist with comfort.
- Once a management plan is determined we can look at building the teeth back up so that both the appearance and eating are improved. Depending on how much tooth loss the patient have, we suggest simulate the treatment and then we have the patient wear a mock-up for up to 4 weeks so we can ensure that they are happy with the proposed changes and during this time they are getting used with the new bite changes before going to a more definitive treatment plan. The treatment involves finding the correct bite that is in harmony with the joint and the muscles.
How to Fix Worn Down Teeth: Restorative Treatment and Repair
Depending on the severity of your enamel wear, we may recommend correcting your bite with orthodontic therapy or wearing a bite splint or night guard to minimize the negative effect of grinding on the teeth.
Restoring your smile will provide lasting dental health and avoid the risk of tooth loss down the road. A comfortable and functional smile is an important part of a good quality of life.
Aggressive tooth wear is best treated with restorative techniques, such as covering the tooth with a ceramic crown or composite crown, which will be discussed below.
If you have small or short teeth, this could affect how your teeth bite together, possibly leading to eating difficulties or other concerns such as teeth grinding or jaw problems. While small teeth don’t always cause physical problems, and don’t always need to be treated, a disproportionate smile can cause some people to feel unhappy about their appearance.
Why do I have small teeth?
Teeth that develop small or only appear smaller than average are known as microdontia (the opposite being macrodontia for teeth that grow or appear too large). Many people naturally have one or two small teeth, but for others, this issue can affect most or all of their teeth.
There are three main categories of microdontia:
- True generalised – all of your teeth are smaller than average. This is usually caused by a condition such as pituitary dwarfism.
- Relative generalised – teeth may be normal sized, but appear small in comparison to a large jaw or the gums extending too far over the teeth.
- Localised – only one or several teeth are affected, which may affect only the crown or root of the tooth. This is the most common type of microdontia and usually affects the upper teeth.
Microdontia is hereditary, so you are more likely to have short teeth if other people in your family do. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of a genetic disorder, a development issue such as a cleft palate or a side-effect of radiation exposure. In these cases, it’s often accompanied by hypodontia, or having fewer teeth than average.
Short, worn down teeth and small teeth are often an aesthetic concern, but they can increase your oral health risks or orthodontic risks if your teeth don’t fit together normally or they have wide gaps. This can increase wear and tear on the teeth or make food and bacteria more likely to get trapped, leading to tooth decay.
There are several dental treatments that can increase the size of teeth. Depending on how much lengthening is needed, as well as your preferences and your price range, these treatments could include:
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the surface of teeth to cover worn surfaces and improve the appearance of teeth. Bonding may also reduce tooth sensitivity and address problems with bite alignment. Your dentist may recommend dental bonding if you have minor to moderate enamel erosion in isolated spots.
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of teeth to improve their coloUrs, shapes, and sizes cosmetically. Veneers can also strengthen the surface of teeth to reduce sensitivity and make them less susceptible to damage and discoloration.
If you have several teeth that are severely worn, your dentist may recommend covering those teeth with porcelain crowns. A porcelain crown can cover an entire tooth to prevent cracks in enamel from spreading and protect the tooth from additional damage.
Dental veneers are used as a form of cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth enamel that is worn, discoloured, chipped or cracked, or uneven tooth spacing. While creating beautiful, bright smiles, they also protect the surface of the already damaged teeth which may eliminate the need for further treatments.
Dental veneers are very thin shells that are shaped to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth to cover any minor cosmetic imperfections. Dental veneers offer a relatively quick way to transform the look of less-than-perfect teeth to create a stunning smile. With dental veneers, our office can improve the size, shape and coloUr of the front teeth to perfect the overall appearance of your smile.
Dental Veneers are made with different materials, including composite resin and porcelain.
Porcelain Veneers has been known to be used for the more serious cases of damaged teeth. This Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, customized shells created for improving the appearance of your teeth. Fabricated from the highest grade of dental porcelain, veneers are thin facings that are individually custom designed and bonded to the visible surfaces of the front teeth. Beyond taking just a few visits, dental veneers are appealing because they require the removal of very little tooth structure or none at all.
Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, has been used in dentistry for many years. It is an excellent way to repair cracked, chipped and discoloured teeth, or replace silver amalgam fillings. Dental bonding can also be used to close gaps and reshape misaligned teeth, providing a straighter, more uniform smile. Bonding is the application of a composite resin which bonds to the tooth to fill or cover the existing tooth.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike porcelain veneers and crowns, which are customised tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a lab, bonding usually can be done in one visit.
Dental Veneers correct a wide range of dental issues caused by environmental factors or decay. To determine if you are a candidate for veneers, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zenaidy Castro. At this visit we’ll assess the overall health of your teeth, the surrounding tissues and jawbones, as well as analyze both your smile and facial aesthetics. She will guide you through every step of the procedure – including aftercare. You will actively participate in your personal design process, so be sure to discuss all cosmetic dentistry objectives during your visit. As skilled and experienced providers of care, we value patient input and will design your dental veneers to give you a beautiful smile that meets your cosmetic expectations.
If you are interested in improving the look of your smile with dental veneers you’ll first meet with our dentist for a smile makeover consultation.
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