Worn teeth are a sign of an underlying functional problem. A chipped or broken tooth could be caused by an accident, but if you have teeth that break repeatedly, even after treatment, you may have a more serious issue with your bite.
What Causes Teeth to Wear?
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 refulx 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. Lassiter can treat problems through an interdisciplinary approach, which means working with your doctor and other specialists. To restore your smile, Dr. Lassiter may recommend dental crowns, tooth bonding, or veneers.
Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Erosion
- Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot, cold or sweet food and drinks
- Worn and/or chipped teeth
- Tooth discoloration or darkening of the teeth
- Thinning or shortened teeth, may be recognized as changes in the bite
- Pain or irritation in the mouth
Restorative Dentistry For Chipped, Broken & Worn Teeth
For a single chipped or broken tooth caused by an injury or accident, Dr. Lassiter offers a range of treatment options such as tooth bonding, veneers, or dental crowns. Our goal is to repair your chipped or broken tooth as quickly as possible with the least amount of dentistry.
Chronically Broken Teeth
If you have teeth that break over and over – even after treatment, you may have an underlying functional problem. Often times, the problem is 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. Lassiter 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. Lassiter 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.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are searching for a dentist in Kingsland, Georgia to take care of your complex dental problems including broken or worn teeth, contact Lassiter Family Dental to make an appointment. We gladly welcome both new patients and out of town patients. Call us at (912) 576-4011 or schedule an appointment online.