Worn Teeth

Have you started to notice worn teeth? It can be a difficult situation to manage, especially if it’s impacting your confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are solutions available that can help restore your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth.

What are worn teeth?

Over time, the enamel on your teeth can become thin and weak, leading to a  yellow appearance and increased sensitivity. You may experience an uneven gum line or sharp edges on your teeth. These changes can cause discomfort when eating or drinking and can affect the functionality of your teeth and your overall oral health. To prevent further damage or wear to your teeth it is important to visit a dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning. The symptoms of worn teeth can be;

  • Discolouration
  • Transparency
  • Grinding
  • Chipping
  • Gum recession
  • Sensitivity

Common causes of worn teeth

  • Dental attrition: This is a natural process in which the surface of your teeth wears down over time.  This is usually caused by tooth-to-tooth contacts, such as from biting, chewing and grinding.

  • Dental erosion: Consuming acidic foods and drinks can erode your tooth enamel, leaving it vulnerable to bacterial decay. Additionally, stomach acid that enters the mouth further weakens the protective layer of enamel on your teeth.

  • Dental abrasion: This is caused by improper brushing techniques that involve using a hard-bristled toothbrush or too much pressure while brushing.

  • Dental abfraction: This occurs when your teeth are subjected to excessive force or pressure. Mechanical stress from habits such as clenching, grinding, chewing on pencils or opening bottle caps using your teeth can cause microscopic fractures in the enamel of your teeth.

  • Dental trauma: A sudden injury or trauma to the mouth can lead to worn teeth. This type of trauma may be caused by an accident, a fall, a sports injury or an assault.

  • Airway blocked during sleep: If you suffer from sleep apnoea, your airway can become blocked during sleep and cause clenching or grinding of your teeth.

How to treat worn teeth?

  • Dental bonding: A dental bonding procedure can help to restore the shape and colour of your teeth, making them look healthier and more attractive. The process involves applying a composite resin material to reshape or rebuild worn teeth. Dental bonding is a relatively fast and painless procedure that can be done in just one appointment.
  • Dental veneers: Porcelain veneers are another option to help repair worn teeth. This treatment involves placing custom-made porcelain over the front surface of your teeth.   This procedure can restore the shape and colour of your natural teeth, making them look more attractive and youthful.
  • Dental crowns: This treatment involves placing a cap made of porcelain over the visible portion of your tooth. Crowns are a strong and durable solution that helps protect the structure of your worn teeth from further damage.
  • Sleep Apnoea Treatment: If you have sleep apnea, it can cause teeth grinding and clenching during the night. Treatment options such as mandibular advancement splints, anti-snoring devices or snore guards can help reduce your symptoms and protect your teeth from further damage.

Other dental treatments that can help prevent worn teeth

  • Mouthguards:  Wearing a custom-made mouthguard can help protect your teeth from wear and tear, especially if you participate in contact sports or strenuous physical activities. Mouthguards are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth to provide a barrier between them and your gums.

  • Clear aligners: Clear aligners are another way to protect worn teeth. These are removable and custom-made to fit over your teeth to help realign them over time. This can help reduce the wear and tear on your teeth, as well as improve their overall appearance and your bite.

    What are the risks associated with worn teeth?

    Worn teeth can put you at a higher risk of developing dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, worn teeth can cause a weakened bite leading to further damage to your mouth and gums. In some cases, severe wear on the back teeth could cause them to become loose or fall out completely.

    If left untreated, worn teeth can cause pain and discomfort as well as a noticeable change in your smile. It is important to speak to a dentist if you are experiencing any changes in your teeth so that they can diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment.