Causes of Gradual Smile Damage
The nature of your reconstructive dentistry often depends on the source of damage to your smile. Gradual damage to your smile is often related to a number of common causes that can continue to cause damage even after your reconstructive dentistry procedure unless they are properly handled. This can include:
Tooth decay and gum disease can damage your teeth and lead to tooth loss. Tooth decay may require dental crowns and root canals to correct. Gum disease leads to loose teeth and even tooth loss. Although crowned teeth are not vulnerable to decay where crowned, receding gums can expose the tooth below the crown, which will compromise the cosmetic result and can lead to additional decay. Gum disease also jeopardizes crowned teeth and even dental implants. To preserve your restored smile, you have to commit to good oral hygiene.
Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) and TMJ can both cause significant wear on your teeth that may need to be corrected with dental crowns, bridges, or implants. Unless the reconstructive work is performed by a neuromuscular dentist who treats the source of damage, it’s likely that restorations will quickly be damaged like your natural teeth. As we design your restorations, we use T-Scan digital bite measurements to ensure that the entire bite is balanced, with no areas of excessive pressure that can damage restorations and cause discomfort.
If you would like to learn more about getting reconstructive dentistry that lasts, please call (201) 343-4044 or email River Edge Dental, New Jersey’s center for TMJ, sleep apnea, & reconstructive dentistry today.