As we grow older (usually in your 30s) there’s a possibility of damage or deterioration that’s evident in your teeth. This could be especially true for patients who have avoided seeing their Asheville dentist for regular checkups over the years. It’s important to do everything you can to help keep your smile in good shape and fully functioning, but you might experience tooth wear at some point in your lifetime. It’s important to know that you have options to help get your smile healthy again.
What Solutions Might Work for You
There are three main causes of tooth wear that you need to be aware of. They are erosion, attrition, and abrasion. Under these three causes of tooth wear, you’ll find issues such as bruxism or excessive grinding of the teeth, clenching your teeth, enamel erosion caused by acids, and physical damage to your teeth from vigorous brushing or using your mouth to open something.
These treatments could be a solution to help fix your smile damage:
- Full Mouth Restoration – If you have multiple failing or broken teeth, you might want to discuss a full mouth restoration with your Asheville dentist. This type of treatment considers every single tooth. What are its flaws? How can it be fixed? The result is a complete, healthy smile with a restored bite and balance.
- Porcelain Veneers – Another way to repair broken or damaged teeth is by utilizing porcelain veneers. We can create a custom set of veneers that blend seamlessly with your gum tissue. Dr. Douglas Phillips and Dr. Donald Schmitt use one of the nation’s premier dental labs to create your veneers for a look that’s complete and confident.
- Dental Crowns – A broken or damaged tooth is sometimes salvageable by covering it with a metal-free, porcelain dental crown. A crown covers your whole tooth and can make sure chips and cracks don’t spread further into your tooth leading to more extensive damage. It also helps to protect your tooth’s enamel.
- Dental Implants – If you have a tooth or even multiple teeth badly damaged from tooth wear, you might also want to ask your Asheville dentist about dental implants as a treatment option. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Schmitt both excel in all tooth replacement procedures. Dr. Schmitt is also a prosthodontist who’s well-versed in dental implant treatment planning, placement, and restoration.
If tooth wear has taken a toll on your teeth, it might be time to call our Asheville dental office. We’re happy to take a look at your smile and take the time to understand your needs and concerns. There’s a solution that will work for you; we have to create a course of treatment. Call Phillips & Schmitt DDS at 828-254-1944 today and let’s talk about what we can do for you and your smile.