Worn-down teeth not only affect facial aesthetics and smile but can also create difficulty in eating and speech. That is why it is important to get your damaged teeth restored without delay. Our general dentist in Nowra NSW will look for worn down and damaged teeth at every checkup appointment and restore them before they require expensive or time-consuming treatment.

What Causes Teeth to Wear Down?

Tooth wear can occur due to many reasons:

  • Teeth Grinding – this is one of the most common reasons for worn-down teeth. According to statistics, over 5% of Australians habitually grind their teeth. When one grinds their teeth excessively, the chewing surfaces of the teeth are damaged and the teeth become flattened.
  • Improper Bite – when the upper and lower teeth do not mate optimally, some teeth can get worn out faster than others.
  • Erosion – this is a chemical process in which acidic foods or gastric acid reflux can damage the teeth.
  • Natural Wear – tooth wear can also occur naturally with age.

Why is it Important to Treat Worn-Down Teeth?

Worn-down teeth can initiate a series of events that can cause serious dental complications. Some of these are:

  • Tooth Sensitivity – tooth wear results in the destruction of the outer enamel layer of the teeth. As a result, the affected teeth become sensitive, which is also the first sign of dental wear.
  • Yellowing of the Teeth – worn-down not only appear shorter, but they also appear yellower. This is due to damage to the dental enamel, resulting in the exposure of the underlying dentine that is yellow in appearance. So, tooth wear can also affect your facial aesthetics significantly.
  • aw Pain and Headaches – wearing of the teeth can affect their shape and structure, and alter the way the upper and lower teeth meet. This can result in direct pressure on the jaw joints and cause headaches and other complications such as clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth.
  • Tooth Decay – worn-down teeth are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay due to the loss of the protective enamel layer.
  • Tooth Fracture – worn-down teeth become weak and brittle and can fracture over time.

How are Worn-Down Teeth Detected?

Tooth wear is quite common among Australians. According to an estimate, over 97% of Australians have worn-out teeth. Unfortunately, tooth wear initiates a series of events that can cause several complications, including tooth sensitivity, decay, fracture, and even tooth loss. The good news is that worn-down teeth can be treated at South Coast Dentists. 

Our best dentist in Nowra NSW can easily detect Worn-out teeth during clinical examinations. Typically, the earliest symptom of worn-down teeth is pain on biting. We use cutting-edge technology, such as intra-oral cameras and digital X-rays to detect even minor tooth cracks and chips that cause pain and discomfort.

How Are Worn-down Teeth Treated?

The treatment of worn-out teeth involves managing the underlying cause. For example, initial-stage tooth damage can be treated with fluoride treatment or remineralization if the enamel layer is not destroyed. On the other hand, if the enamel layer has been damaged, then we will restore the tooth with a suitable filling material. Finally, the management of cracked or severely worn-down teeth will require restoring them with a filling material and reinforcing them with dental crowns

Furthermore, if the cause of tooth wear is due to grinding, we will prescribe nightguards to our patients. These are appliances that prevent damage to the teeth due to excessive daytime or nighttime teeth grinding.

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Severe tooth wear or erosion can alter your smile’s appearance and cause sensitivity. Ultimately, pinpointing the cause of your tooth wear is the first step in determining the best treatment.

Common reasons behind flattened or broken teeth include:

  • Excessive clenching and grinding
  • Crooked teeth (malocclusion)
  • Habits, such as nail biting
  • Age

If you grind and clench, a night splint may be all that you need to break the habit. For moderate structural damage, a series of restorative crowns could provide the best results.

We encourage you to visit South Coast City Dental to meet with our dentists for a personalised care plan. We promise to treat you like family!

We completely understand that going to dentist can be a nervous time for many. Our staff are trained to provide alternate options that will help ease your nerves and make you as comfortable as possible.
We offer a wide range of services and will only suggest a suitable solution if we are confident that this is the right solution to hit your goals.

The cost of treating worn-down teeth depends on the severity of the underlying cause. At South Coast City Dental, restoring a worn-down tooth can cost you between $250 – $500.

Worn-out teeth can be easily restored if detected timely. That is why our best dentist in Nowra NSW recommends regular checkups so that underlying issues can be detected before they cause permanent damage to one’s oral health.

You may have tooth wear if you have any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Yellowing of the teeth 
  • Pain on biting 
  •  Difficulty in eating 
  • Headaches on pain around the jaw joints and temple area

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