No matter how durable our teeth, several factors can lead to them eventually wearing down or being damaged. And some people unnecessarily live their entire lives with a smile they don’t love. Have you noticed that your teeth look shorter than they used to? Clenching and grinding our teeth, a misaligned bite and crooked teeth can all lead to uneven wear on our teeth. Worn-down teeth can even cause sensitivity and toothaches in some people. Our Kingston dentists at LakeView Dental Arts share on the blog today what we can do to fix worn teeth so we can restore functionality and flash a brilliant smile.
Dental crowns – also called “caps” – are usually made of porcelain ceramic, making them a durable, long-lasting protectant for a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are an excellent choice to restore badly worn teeth from trauma or teeth-grinding.
How does it work? Our Harriman cosmetic dentists will first take impressions of your teeth. A lab uses those impressions to craft a customized restoration for the tooth that needs repaired. The natural tooth will then be covered by the individualized crown, restoring the tooth appearance and functionality.
While dental crowns are an excellent option for a severely damaged tooth, they may not be as practical if several teeth require treatment. Porcelain ceramic veneers are thin, durable “shells” that adhere to the front surface of your teeth.
Veneers are an excellent option for tooth restoration, but our Rockwood cosmetic dentists warn that without proper care or preventative measures, additional tooth damage could occur. Veneers can chip or break, for instance, if subjected to excessive force, such as bruxism, or clenching/grinding your teeth while sleeping. Our Kingston cosmetic dentists recommend that bruxism is corrected through use of a night guard before veneers are applied. A night guard will help protect veneers and prevent further tooth damage.
Dental bonding can restore a damaged or discolored tooth to its natural appearance and strength. Our Harriman cosmetic dentist explains that a tooth structure can be built and strengthened through dental bonding by using the same, durable composite resin material that is used to fill cavities.
Dental bonding is a fantastic choice in the case of only one or two teeth needing restoration. With proper maintenance, dental bonding can last for years and can easily be repaired or replaced down the road when needed.
Cosmetic Dentist in Kingston TN
Teeth that have been worn down due to conditions such as bruxism can cause painful sensitivity and aesthetic issues like shortened or chipped teeth. It’s important to see a dentist if you’re experiencing any of these issues. Our cosmetic dentists at LakeView Dental Arts can repair any damage caused to your teeth, restoring both their aesthetic condition and their functional value. If you have noticed wear and tear on your teeth, give us a call today at (865) 376-9687, or request an appointment online. We’d love to speak with you about which cosmetic treatment is right for you!