Why Do Teeth Wear Down?

Your teeth are the most formidable parts of your body, which they have to be given the fact that they’re also the most used. When healthy, your teeth can withstand an incredible amount of bite pressure with minimal effort. However, under certain circumstances, even highly resilient tooth structure can eventually wear down or become damaged, and repairing it could be vital to your long-term oral health. When your teeth become worn down, your dentist can help restore their strength and the balance in your bite with an appropriate cosmetic or restorative treatment, depending on the nature and extent of your tooth wear.

Bruxism and More

Healthy teeth don’t wear down easily. After all, they’re meant to bite, chew, and grind your food multiple times a day without any damage to their surfaces or structures. Yet, they can wear down from things that you don’t immediately notice, like constantly grinding your teeth (bruxism) or nervously chewing on pens and pencils. Persistent pressure and friction from these actions can put your teeth through more than they were meant to withstand. When left unchecked, such habits can wear down and compromise even the healthiest teeth.

How to Repair Worn Teeth

While a crack or fracture in your tooth may be obvious, the gradual wearing down of your tooth’s structure may not be. If you notice a change in how your bite feels, or if your dentist notices that your teeth have become worn, then he can recommend an appropriate treatment option to repair the damage. Depending on the extent of your tooth wear, you may benefit from cosmetic tooth bonding, a dental crown, one or more porcelain veneers, or a combination of these or other treatment options.

Learn More About Restoring Worn Down Teeth

Teeth wear down for a number of reasons, but with customized care from your dentist, you can repair the damage and restore the health and appearance of your teeth. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the Sunny Smiles dental office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.