Treat your worn-out teeth with a variety of options depending on your needs.
What is restoration of Worn Dentition?
Our teeth are made of three layers – enamel, dentin and pulp. The enamel is the tooth’s outermost layer and protects the internal structure of the tooth from chemicals and temperature variations. Although enamel is one of the toughest substances in the body, it is prone to chipping, wear and tear. As per the American Dental Association (ADA), one-third of children and adults globally experience tooth wear due to varying reasons.
Unlike a cracked bone in the body, which heals itself, enamel cannot regenerate or heal since it does not contain living cells. Hence, tooth wear brings many problems with it, so it’s essential to get it treated at the earliest. Many dental issues can result from tooth wear and get worse with time. In a nutshell, you can experience sensitivity, bite problems, yellow teeth, headaches, and jaw aches.
Has time taken its toll on your smile? do you have yellow marks, possibly a cracked tooth or a slightly uneven smileÉ
Composite bonding is an affordable and quick way to restore the beauty of your smile – without ever sacrificing function. This minimally invasive procedure requires no anesthesia, meaning you can go right back to smiling the same day! Best of all, composite bonding can immediately correct discoloration, cracks, chips or missing teeth.
With a simple procedure you can enjoy a stunning, natural-looking smile that lasts for years with proper care; it’s like turning back the clock on your dental health! Plus we use advanced materials that look and feel just like real enamel so nobody will be able to tell the difference.
Contact us today for more information about how our composite bonding procedures could help restore your majestic grin in no time!
- Quick and easy treatment process
- Can be used to repair chipped, decayed, cracked or discolored teeth
- Less invasive than other treatments such as veneers
- Cost effective compared to other treatments
- Durable material that can last up to 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
- Boost confidence with a brighter smile.
- Feel more comfortable in social situations.
- Enjoy eating without worrying about your teeth.
- Have the freedom of showing off your smile without hesitation.
- Look younger by restoring your natural tooth shape and size.
Problems caused by worn dentition
Tooth wear can occur because of a single cause, or it can be brought on by a combination of factors acting all at once. During the dental examination, your dentist will try to figure out all the probable causes of your tooth wear and work with you to address those causes. Along with fixing the worn tooth, fixing the underlying cause is vital for successful treatment. Some reasons for tooth wear are:
Teeth grinding and Jaw clenching habits: Constant grinding or clenching your teeth can put undue pressure on the teeth and cause wear and tear. Due to the friction generated, small micro-cracks appear on the enamel, which then becomes pathways for entry of acids, further destroying the enamel. With time, the cracked areas become more at risk of wearing out.
Stress: Sometimes, jaw clenching and teeth grinding are aggravated by stress. Increased anxiety and stress levels need to be managed because they can harm your dentition.
Forceful brushing habit: Brushing cleans off the build-up of plaque and bacteria on the teeth—however, improper brushing techniques can damage the tooth surface. Forceful brushing causes the outer layer of the tooth enamel to wear out. This is why dentists suggest using a medium to a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of a hard-bristled toothbrush for everyday use.
Physical Abrasives: Constantly taking hard objects in between your teeth can cause enamel wear. Biting on bottle caps, pens, pencils, toothpicks, safety pins, and even fingernails can cause parts of your tooth to wear down.
Excessive consumption of sugar and acidic food: Sugars in your food and beverages cause the enamel to become weak. Bacteria that stick to the tooth surfaces eat the sugar and make acids from it, which dissolves the tooth, bit by bit. Drinking sugary fruit juices, sodas, and energy drinks also alters the mouth’s pH, making it more acidic. As a result, the enamel is more prone to wearing out with forceful brushing or teeth grinding habits. Swishing around these in the mouth is even more harmful, so it’s better to down such drinks quickly than sipping on them slowly.
Eating and gastrointestinal disorders: Some people experience frequent indigestion. Strong acids from the stomach travel up through the food pipe and into the mouth, causing enamel erosion on the inner aspects of the teeth and roof of the mouth. Acid reflux is a common cause of concern for weak, brittle, and yellow teeth. People with eating disorders like bulimia or chronic vomiting bring up the stomach’s acidic contents into the mouth. This is also quite harmful to the teeth.
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding, tooth bonding, or composite bonding involves building up the worn-down tooth surfaces with a tooth-colored material. The tooth colored material is matched to the tooth shade. It improves the tooth’s appearance and corrects any bite problems that contribute to chewing difficulties or jaw aches. Composite build-ups are an excellent option for mild-to-moderate tooth wear; however, if tooth wear is severe, you might need more complex treatments such as ceramic onlays to protect the teeth better. Dental bondings can also stain over time and need to be polished or repaired from time to time.
- Onlays: custom-made ceramic or composite, these are then bonded onto the biting surface of the back teeth.
- Crowns: With severe tooth wear, it becomes impossible to build up the tooth with dental bonding as there is very little tooth structure to support it. Further, there are greater chances of dental bonding breaking or getting dislodged because of insufficient support. In such cases, dental crowns are a better alternative for you. They protect the teeth, enhance their look, and also fix the bite, all in one go. Crowns are long-lasting and stain-resistant. A well-maintained crown can last you easily 10-15 years.
- Veneers: Individuals who have tooth wear only on one surface of the teeth (either front or back) can benefit from veneers. Veneers are a minimally invasive treatment option and do not require much tooth trimming or reshaping. For example, people with an eating disorder like bulimia or chronic vomiting experience tooth wear on the inside surface of the upper front teeth. They can benefit from a type of veneer called palatal veneers, made of composite resin.
We always strive to ensure that all our patients leave us smiling
I was so nervous and anxious about going to the dentist after a long time … And now I am not afraid anymore and I feel very happy to have Miriam Kenny as my dentist. I recomend her 100% I was very nervous and scared when going to a dentist, because after many years without going, because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc., I was very scared … but Miriam is a very professional woman. I feel in very good hands. And happy to no longer fear going to the dentist! I recommend it 100%
February 12, 2019
what Are the different types of tooth wear?
Depending on the mechanism, there are four types:
- Attrition: tooth wear that results from friction between the top and bottom set of teeth is called attrition. A characteristic feature of attrition is flat chewing surfaces of the teeth, with reduced tooth height. In severe tooth attrition, the teeth appear as stumps, similar to tree stumps after the tree has been cut off. People with teeth grinding habits, jaw clenching habits, and misaligned teeth experience this type of tooth wear.
- Abrasion: tooth wear from an external physical or mechanical force, such as a toothbrush or hard object, is called abrasion. Improper brushing technique can cause the teeth’ front surfaces to get abraded, especially near the gum line.
- Erosion: tooth wear that results from acids is called erosion. The acid could come from within the body, i.e. in case of acid reflux and chronic vomiting, or the acid could also come from sugary foods and fizzy drinks.
- Abfraction: Abfraction is a particular type of tooth wear in which a heavy load on the teeth causes micro-cracks or notches on the tooth surfaces near the gums.
How Much do Dental Restoration cost?
At Miriam Kenny Morehampton Dental Practice we aim to provide state of the art, quality affordable dental treatment to all.
It was with this in mind that we created our affordable dental plans, which helps us to keep your teeth, gums and oral health in tip-top shape.
With our Practice Plan, you will attend every 6 months with the hygienist and once yearly for your dental examination and have no fees to pay at these visits. The cost of these visits is covered by your monthly subscription – this is as low as €14.50 or €21, depending on whether you qualify for the “PRSI” benefit.
|Treatment||Member of maintenance plan||Non-member of plan|
|Tooth Whitening (night-time tray bleaching)||€250||€350|
Miriam Kenny Morehampton Dental Practice
Your Trusted Dental Clinic
Our practice is based on providing a high standard of modern dentistry in a friendly, professional manner. It is our mission to help our patients maintain their teeth and a healthy mouth for their lifetime.
Our entire team is committed to this ideal. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from returning patients and referrals of their family and friends. We welcome and are grateful for these referrals.
It has been normal for a long time in modern dentistry to sterilise instruments after use and to clean and disinfect surfaces.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic we are paying particular attention to our normal cross-infection practices, but in addition, we are keeping the practice well ventilated (it may feel cold) and we use a special Fogging machine with Hypochlorous acid (HOCL) which is an all-natural antimicrobial agent made from salt and water by an electrolysis unit. Fogging of each surgery is carried out between patients after any treatment involving an aerosol.
To reduce aerosol production during procedures with the dentist we most often use a little device called a rubber dam —.50 this isolates the immediate teeth we are working with & protects the back of mouth. During hygienist treatment we are using an extra suction device outside of the mouth, this also reduces aerosol production.
We offer modern dentistry in a friendly professional caring environment.
The practice is owned & directed by Miriam Kenny and as the business owner and the principal healthcare professional, I am primarily interested in providing evidence-based dental healthcare. This means my priority is to help my dental patients to maintain their own natural teeth in a healthy mouth for their lifetime.
We can help improve your smile - we offer a range of options depending on what is most appropriate for you, from tooth whitening to composite bonding to ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges.
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Custom-made cosmetic correction of discolourations, gaps, out of shape, or chipped front teeth. Long-lasting result.