Tooth wear and erosion are among the most common problems with which dental patients present. There are several factors that contribute to erosion and wear, with grinding and highly acidic diets the chief causes. Luckily, there are treatment options available.
Why is Treatment So Important?
If tooth erosion and wear are left unchecked, the impact can be severe, with several problems arising. Firstly, there are the aesthetic and functional effects of the teeth wearing down and becoming shorter. Not only will this affect the appearance of your smile, but it will also affect your bite.
Secondly, if the wear and erosion move through the enamel and into the dentine, it can progress rapidly into the pulp chamber of the tooth and create pain, sensitivity, abscesses and even facial swelling.
The change in bite caused by the shortening of teeth can also create problems with the jaw joint, and in severe cases, this could require full mouth reconstruction to alleviate problems.
Thankfully, there are effective treatment options for tooth wear and erosion.
Case Studies Illustrating Treatment Techniques
Case Study One
A woman presented with significant tooth wear and erosion. Her teeth had shortened significantly, the edges of her teeth were chipping away, and she was unhappy with her appearance.
The patient underwent a series of crown and veneer treatments to restore the function of her bite, restore the shape of her teeth and improve the overall aesthetic of her smile. Treatment was completed five years ago, and the patient has had no problems with wear and erosion since then, the crowns and veneers are still in perfect condition, and she has regained full functionality in her bite.
Case Study Two
A young man presented with significantly worn and eroded teeth, due to a highly acidic diet. The enamel had eroded to the point where the dentine was showing through.
Received a combination treatment of veneers and crowns. Treatment was successful in preventing further erosion to the dentine, while also restoring the function of patient’s bite and improving the overall aesthetic of smile. Once again, treatment has proven to be successful over a two-year period and on the basis of the last visit, no further treatment will be needed in the near future.
How to Make a Treatment Successful
Simply fixing veneers and crowns to teeth is not enough to address the problem of tooth wear and erosion. The problem with wear and erosion is that it affects a number of teeth, which complicates the treatment process.
To create a treatment plan that will be effective and long-lasting, a lot of study and functional analysis is required. The study will consist of a series of impressions and bite registration which is then set up into a mechanical jaw (also known as an articulator). To study the bite mechanics in detail, photos will also have to be taken to get an idea of the current cosmetic state of the teeth and bite.
The veneers and crowns will also have to be engineered in accordance with the pre-existing conditions of the patient. For example, if the patient grinds their teeth, the treatment will have to be designed to withstand extreme force.
When it comes to engineering the veneers and crowns, it’s important that the dental surgery has a close relationship with the ceramic lab they work with. Dr Olstein’s dental surgery has enjoyed a long-lasting relationship with a ceramic lab that is the best in Victoria, if not Australia.
This relationship ensures that the lab takes into account our recommendation, and provides us with veneers and crowns that are specifically-designed of the patient in question.
The creation of the treatment plan also requires significant expertise and experience on behalf of the dentist. Dr George Olstein has benefitted greatly from working and training under some of the top experts in the field.
This training and experience are vital in ensuring that the veneers and crowns can withstand forces and create an even bite that will provide the patient with comfort, functionality, improved smile aesthetic and long-lasting results.
You’ll notice the difference in all aspects of your life. Eating will be easier and more comfortable, you’ll save yourself from the pain associated with TMJ disorders, and you’ll also protect against the need for more invasive and expensive dental procedures further down the track.
If you’re suffering from tooth erosion and wear, help is available. You can restore your teeth and your bite, and feel more confident in your smile.
If you need this treatment, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members today. We’ll even offer a free consultation appointment, so we can gauge the current state of your teeth and give you an idea of the treatment plan that would work for you.