Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Do your teeth appear to be getting shorter? Are your teeth becoming flat on the chewing surface? Worn down teeth can happen as we age. After all, our teeth do a lot of chewing throughout the years. However, one major cause of premature teeth wear is bruxism, a condition in which a person clenches and grinds their teeth while sleeping. You may not even be aware that you have this problem until you see noticeable signs such as your teeth wearing down or becoming shorter. If this sounds like you, your Scotts Valley cosmetic dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry have some options for repairing your teeth.
First off, if your teeth are wearing down due to bruxism, we need to get this issue under control before reconstructing your teeth. Otherwise, you risk further damaging your existing teeth or any new restorations that we place. Plus, bruxism has many far-reaching effects on your oral health and is typically due to an uneven bite as a result of temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. It is for these reasons that we need to address the underlying issue at hand, before beginning any cosmetic treatments.
Once we seek harmony and balance among your bite and find a comfortable resting position for your jaws that alleviate any symptoms of TMD and bruxism, we can move forward with repairing any worn down teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry in Scotts Valley can rebuild your teeth to look completely natural or even better than before if that is your goal. We have several options that we can employ to help give you back the smile that you deserve.
Covering the entire exterior portion of a tooth, dental crowns can be designed to look completely natural down to the details of the tiny grooves on each tooth, and the color of porcelain will be made to mimic the same shade as dental enamel to give you a natural looking smile. Plus, dental crowns are durable and can withstand normal chewing and biting that occurs while eating. It will be like having your original teeth back again!
Depending on the severity of your worn down teeth, porcelain veneers may be an option to rebuild visible front teeth. Veneers, like crowns, are fabricated of dental porcelain, but instead of covering the entire surface of each tooth, veneers only cover the front portion. Veneers would be ideal for mild to moderate causes of worn down teeth.
Both dental crowns and veneers require a dental lab to fabricate and design each new restoration. While this process may take a couple of weeks, we will place temporary restorations over your teeth to keep them protected while you wait for your final restorations. While you may not be sure which option is right for you, a consultation with one of our experienced and friendly cosmetic dentists in Los Gatos at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry will help you in deciding the best fit that meets your smile needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Scotts Valley
If you would like to learn more about bruxism, its damaging effects on your oral health, or how we can repair your worn down teeth in Santa Cruz, please contact our office by calling (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.
Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.