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.