When we consider dental problems, worn teeth aren’t usually the first thing to come to mind. But so many of the more obvious issues (yellow teeth, sensitivity, unhealthy bite, jaw pain) actually stem from enamel wear. When teeth are worn and not at their full height, the jaws can’t operate in harmony. Vertical dimension of the occlusion is a fancy term that indicates just how tall the upper and lower teeth should be. Appropriate vertical dimension leads to a healthy bite, good tooth function, and a beautiful smile.
Dr. Okamura is currently working with a patient who has experienced significant enamel loss. Through neuromuscular dentistry, we have restored his teeth to their natural height and are returning health to his smile. Check out our before and after photos, and read on to learn more about all that these changes mean for healthy teeth and daily comfort.
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Worn Teeth Complications
Whether your teeth are severely worn or just beginning to erode, you risk encountering the following problems:
You can avoid these issues by pursuing restorative treatment and building back out your teeth to a healthy height.
Case Study: How We Restored This Patient’s Teeth
Dr. Okamura is in the process of helping this patient regain a full smile. Neuromuscular dentistry continues to play an important role in the restoration. This field of study involves determining the appropriate balance for a bite. Using specialized instruments, Dr. Okamura evaluates the jaw and pinpoints the healthy rest position it should achieve when the teeth meet.
This patient’s teeth were restored using porcelain crowns. The lower teeth were most severely worn, and have been brought back to a harmonious height. Damaged teeth were also restored, and old metal dental work replaced with porcelain. The end result is a functional, pain-free and beautiful smile.
The next step is to place dental implants on the upper left and lower right to complete the restoration of the smile. But this progress is so exciting that we wanted to share these photos along the way.
Envisioning changes like these for your own teeth? Get in touch today to schedule a consultation.