See what Dr. Barbara Bell has been doing to make over smiles for our patients.
This patient demonstrates a collapsing bite, which wore down his teeth significantly. When closing, he completely covered his lower teeth, exposing them to even more wear. Bite collapse is a medical condition that is characterized by a change in the structure of the patient’s teeth, facial features, and jaw position because of tooth loss or severe wearing down of the teeth. The bite was opened substantially and restored to a healthy level with porcelain crowns resulting in a much younger smile and facial appearance.
This patient, over many years, demonstrates significant wear from normal function as well as acid erosion. Acid erosion can be caused by reflux, vomiting, and consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Most notable are the numerous fractures seen in the “before” photo along with chipping on the edges. This case was restored with porcelain crowns to normal form and function and beautiful aesthetics.
See what Dr. Shuyan Rofe has been doing to make over smiles for our patients.
Issues with teeth like these can arise from something called “abfraction.” One cause of abfraction is grinding teeth. Minimal gum recession is also a side effect of abfraction and vigorous brushing with medium and hard toothbrushes. Stain can come from smoking or drinking tea, coffee, and wine. On this patient we removed the decay and discoloration. We repaired the broken tooth structure and returned the smile to a more natural esthetic look.
Sometimes teeth break down due to lack of diligent care, wearing of braces, not getting regular fluoride treatments, or consuming excessive sugary or acidic drinks and foods. Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied and hardened with a special light. The resin is “bonded” to the tooth to improve a person’s smile. It is among the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures, and it gives immediate results.