Ask Dr. Ricafort: Dentistry Patient Questions

Worn-Down Teeth

Can worn down teeth be restored?

Many times patients have worn dentition such that their teeth look flat.  These teeth are so worn down that the inner part of the tooth, the dentin, is visible.   Even though this condition does not always involve pain it still warrants correcting.  If left alone over time, this condition can produce jaw aches, dental pain, migraine headaches, and poor masticatory function.   Also, patients experience issues with teeth, fillings, or crown restorations breaking due to the high stresses produced by their heavy bite.   

Treatment for this is not easy. Initially, models are made to determine how to re-establish someone’s normal bite.  Most of the time, a person’s normal bite can be re-established through crown and veneer restorations.  But sometimes more work needs to be done.  This may include extractions, root canals, or implant placement.   When all or most of the teeth are involved, this is considered full mouth reconstruction.  Although much work is involved in returning someone to their normal bite, the results are tremendous.  The first thing patients notice is that they can eat again. They notice that their jaw feels normal, more relaxed, and no discomfort. Best of all, that patient’s smile looks better and the patient regains his/her self-confidence.

If you are unhappy with your smile because your teeth look worn, talk to your dental professional about it. Let them know your concerns. And a plan to restore you to your natural bite can be made.   

Dental X-rays

Why are dental x-rays needed and are they harmful?

Dental x-rays are often needed for us to assess what we can’t visually see by looking into your mouth, such as what is present under the gums and bones.

Dental Implants

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The purpose of dental implants is to restore missing and damaged teeth. There are many reasons to choose dental implants over other dentistry options.

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is commonly known as gum disease. Some patients have a mild condition known as gingivitis, while others have a more severe disease that can damage the soft tissue and bones that support our teeth.

Dental Flossing

Why is it so important to floss regularly?

Most of our patients know that regular dental flossing is critical to oral health, but why? Will it really matter if you save time in your routine and skip flossing?