I wanted to take a minute to show some pictures of what can be done with the worn dentition. It is a very common problem that I see almost every day, people who have flat worn out front teeth and would like to do something about it but aren’t sure where to start.
The first question is what can be done? In many
I recommend asking your dentist if he/she sees wear patterns or fracture lines consistent with bruxism or clenching. In many
Here is an example of one of my favorite things to do to quickly improve the esthetics of
Another option is to use modern orthodontic practices and create space for traditional crowns or veneer’s, in the pictures here (courtesy of DR. Chaffee Riverstone Orthodontics) we see that the before photos show Kevin’s front teeth to be worn completely flat, he had lost almost half of his original tooth structure. With the combination of orthodontics from
The other option is to attempt to arrest the problem and prevent it from getting worse. This can be done with an occlusal appliance and regular maintenance.
The quickest way is to restore function and esthetics is to place crowns or bridges throughout the mouth to open the bite back to where it once was this can be done by crowning every tooth on either the top arch, bottom arch or both. It is often necessary to do both the upper and lower teeth to achieve a functional-esthetic long term result. The picture here shows what type of change can be accomplished with just a few hours in the dental chair.