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What causes worn and chipped teeth?

Many people have worn and chipped teeth.  Today’s busy and stressful lifestyle is one contributing factor.  Many studies have shown that teeth grinding increases during times of stress. Another major contributing factor is the corrosive drinks that are abound in our Supermarkets, Delis, and Service stations. These not only cause tooth erosion but accelerate wear from grinding as well.

I often see many patients who in their 30’s and 40’s show significant wear. So much so that based on current wear patterns they will probably not last them their lifetime.

What can be done about worn and chipped teeth?

Traditional treatments for severely worn or chipped teeth usually involve some sort or rehabilitation and placement of multiple crowns and bridges on some or even all of their teeth. Whilst this treatment works extremely well it does have some limitations. Firstly it is very expensive. A full mouth rehab may cost tens of thousands of dollars and by nature of the treatment process often means doing the whole treatment in one go. This doesn’t mean all in one visit but over a few visits over a month or two of treatment time.  Secondly porcelain although very strong can chip if the grinding continues. Crowns are not really amenable to simple repair so a chip repair can be costly. To counter this we often make a grinding splint to be worn at night.

I hate my worn and chipped teeth but my finances are limited, is there anything else I could do?

Modern techniques have evolved from innovative dentists so that a youthful smile can be attained for a fraction of the cost of a traditional rehab. Composite resin is a white filling material that dentists have been using for many years. At Duncraig Village Dental we have developed one such technique wherein a predictable and very can be attained usually in one sitting. This usually costs around one quarter of the cost of a traditional rehab treatment.

In this example pf a case we completed recently. 8 Resin build-ups were completed in one  4 hour visit. As you can imagine the patient was thrilled with the result. This sort of dentistry can be life changing.

How long will this treatment last and what if I want to replace it with crowns and veneers later on?

Obviously this type of dentistry is not without it’s drawbacks but unlike the traditional ceramic approach repairs can be completed simply and cheaply. If a patient asks how long will it last my usual response is that it will last forever as long as you are willing to maintain it. I have many of such cases that are more than 10 years old. Sure I may have had to repair the odd chips and stains but for the most part they are still functioning well. If the patient ever wants to change it for Porcelain crowns and veneers it is a much simpler process and can even be done a few teeth or a section at a time as the budget allows. To find out more about Porcelain Crowns and Veneers click here.