Teeth that are worn, appear flat or are often sustaining minor damage are often a sign of an underlying bite problem. Dr. Petkevis offers advanced diagnosis and treatment for complex bite problems such as TMJ that may be the cause for your worn teeth.
Common Causes of Worn Teeth
Although our teeth naturally wear over time, certain lifestyle habits or dental problems can lead to premature wear and damage that can threaten long term oral health. Teeth grinding is a common cause of worn or broken teeth and can be treated with a mouth guard or other type of oral appliance.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
- Stress or anxiety
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
Another cause for tooth wear could be enamel erosion. Over time, certain foods, medications and/or stomach acid from a condition like gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause tooth enamel to dissolve and erode. Tooth enamel is like a protective coating for teeth. Once it’s lost, it won’t grow back. As tooth enamel erodes, the teeth become more susceptible to damage, discoloration and decay.
Dr. Petkevis takes a comprehensive approach to your dental concerns and symptoms, using the Dawson Diagnostic Wizard and advanced technology to evaluate the function of your bite. He will take the time to discuss lifestyle habits and medical history, offering individualized treatment and advice for maintaining a healthy smile and managing risk factors.
Chronically Broken Teeth
If you have teeth that break over and over – even after treatment, you may have an underlying functional problem. This is often the result of an occlusal (bite) imbalance or TMJ disorder. This could come as a surprise since you may not have any other signs or symptoms other than the worn or broken teeth.
Dr. Petkevis has completed post-graduate dental training to be able to diagnose and treat TMJ dysfunction and occlusal disease. In these patients, there is an improper alignment of the jaw joints and/or teeth. When teeth make contact out of alignment with others, it can cause them to wear, chip or break.
Treating TMJ Dysfunction & Occlusal Disease
Dr. Petkevis will create a personalized treatment plan designed to address your specific concerns and symptoms. This may involve bite equilibration (reshaping the teeth), orthodontics or other restorative treatments to rebalance the bite. Fixing the underlying cause of the problem will ensure that treatment results will be long lasting and comfortable.