If you have been dealing with teeth grinding or clenching for some time now then chances are pretty good that your smile shows that characteristic flat look along the top of your teeth. Bruxers, those who grind or clench their teeth, often have teeth that are of a similar length, worn straight across. However, your smile doesn’t have to continue to suffer because of your condition. Your Severna Park dentist offers up two ways to treat and repair worn teeth.
When it comes to handling and treating a bruxer’s smile, the most important thing your Severna Park dentist will want to consider is choosing a restorative option that will be able to withstand the forces caused by persistent clenching or grinding. In many cases, dental crowns are often the best choice as they are strong, resilient and long lasting.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover over the entire tooth to protect it from further damage or wear. While dental crowns are often used when a tooth is severely damaged due to decay, trauma or infection, dental crowns are also a great option for someone looking to restore their worn-down smile.
While dental veneers are not quite as durable as dental crowns, getting veneers is often easier and less invasive than dental crowns. Furthermore, less tooth preparation is needed beforehand, which can be appealing to many patients. Dental veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain that go over the front of teeth to hide dental imperfections. By applying an additional layer to your tooth, your Severna Park dentist is able to increase your smile’s resilience against constant teeth grinding.
By removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel, we can make room for the added volume the veneers will give your smile. Since only a small amount of enamel is being removed, this process won’t require anesthesia.
If you suffer from bruxism and you want to improve the appearance of your smile, then it’s time to talk to your Severna Park dentist at Severn River Dental Associates.