San Ramon Cosmetic Dentistry Blog | Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S.

San Ramon, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and Dublin, CA

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How Short, Worn Teeth Affect Your Bite

Shorter, more worn teeth commonly develop as we age. In my practice I often see wear and tear that comes from teeth clenching and nightly teeth grinding, fingernail chewing, etc. These and other habits accelerate the wearing process and lead to sensitive teeth, and ultimately, tooth breakdown. Sometimes the damage is so severe that reconstructive treatments are required.

Other concerns with short and damaged teeth include:

  • Misalignment -- Worn teeth affect overall wear and tear, causing jaw misalignment. As a result, all teeth wear down down more rapidly.
  • Headaches and muscle pain – Because worn teeth affect bite alignment, head and muscle aches can result.
  • Appearance – Worn, short teeth can make us appear toothless and age us beyond our years
  • Chewing – Worn teeth affect our ability to properly chew our food.

To correct short, worn teeth, I often use crown placement to restore original shape and rehabilitate your bite. Sometimes, dental implants may be in order. I recommend that patients with a history of tooth grinding also use a night guard to prevent additional damage.

If you or a loved one has short, worn teeth, I can help you determine the most appropriate treatment and prevention methods. If you live in the San Ramon, California area, please contact our office to make an appointment.

posted by Evan Langsted at 9:40 AM


Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

1501 Bollinger Canyon Road Suite G
San Ramon, CA 94583

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