If your teeth look smaller than they used to, or if they appear worn down all the way across, you may have a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is characterized by grinding or clenching the teeth. This typically occurs during sleep but can happen during a particularly stressful day or when you are concentrating.
Long-term bruxism may lead to excessive wear of the teeth. Not only does this impact your appearance but it also exposes dentin, making the teeth feel more sensitive. If your back teeth become worn, they may not be effective at chewing anymore and your bite may come together differently than it used to, making for painful jaw joints.
Wearing a nightguard or TMJ splint will help prevent the problem from progressing, but if you are seeing small teeth when you smile, some damage has already occurred.
What to Do about Worn Teeth
Many people who have worn teeth want a solution that improves their health and their appearance. At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, Dr. Wade Kifer offers full smile makeovers, also called full mouth reconstruction.
A full smile makeover rebuilds teeth using high-quality, tooth-colored restorations. This can include crowns, bridges, fillings, dental implants, and veneers. By rebuilding the teeth and covering exposed dentin, patients can chew comfortably without the pain caused by nerve interaction and sensitive teeth.
Getting The Smile You Deserve
What most patients enjoy about completing a full smile makeover is that they have their smiles back again! Cosmetic dentistry in Fayetteville, AR is available in many dental practices, but few will have the experience to make sure your bite and jaws are both healthy and functional. This is an essential component in choosing a dentist for full mouth reconstruction.
To learn more about how we can treat a worn down bite, give us a call! A healthy smile is possible even for patients who have short or small teeth because of teeth grinding or an accident.