Over time three quarters of adults will suffer from tooth wear. Tooth wear can be caused by many different factors. In some cases, tooth wear can be more obvious and even be associated with symptoms such as sensitive teeth and jaw aches.
Tooth wear can be caused by a wide range of different factors including fizzy drinks,vomiting, acidic foods, tooth grinding, clenching, excessive brushing etc. It is very important for our dentists to first find the cause of the tooth wear before any treatment is recommended. We recommend a diet analysis and a detailed clinical examination in order to successful prevent any further tooth wear.
This appointment will be the first step to give both the dentist and patient an opportunity to talk in a relaxed environment and then decide on what exactly the patient would like to achieve. After this, a detailed clinical examination in conjunction with x-rays and photographs will enable your dentist to give you a detailed treatment plan and all the possible treatment options.
Initial impressions of your teeth can be taken and a highly trained ceramist will produce a wax-up of the desired final result of the smile on a model. From this model we can take a silicone impression to then fit a ‘trial smile’, which can be made in minutes and taken off immediately.
All the worn down teeth will be restored to look the same as your trial smile that you agreed on during the previous appointment. Once all the composite build-ups are finished a protective splint is then made to protect your new beautiful smile.
Normally after 6 months we will review you, to ensure you are comfortable with your new smile and that your bite feels normal. For long term maintenance we highly recommend you attend your check up appointments every 6 months so we can give your new teeth a thorough polish, to ensure your new teeth stays clean and shiny!