Can night time tooth grinders get veneers?
This patient lived on Whidbey Island, Washington and did not have access to a dentist who did more complicated prosthodontics, specifically dealing with bite issues. Her family dentist was a student of Dr. Fondriest's and recommended that she fly to Chicago to have her dental work done. She had lost a significant amount of tooth structure due to bruxism (night time grinding) and had broken much of her previous dentistry.
Veneers for bruxer-tooth grinders
The patient had a gum lift and porcelain veneers done to her upper front teeth. The veneers were created with a shape and appearance that she specified. She had her lips done too! This patient was only 26 years old!
Veneers for worn teeth – Replacing lost tooth enamel
Bruxism is a condition that many suffer from. It can lead to other health issues such as jaw joint damage and re-occurring headaches. In the past, dentists either removed the heavily worn teeth or they crowned them. Dentists can now make veneers for worn teeth. This new conservative treatment option requires minimal preparation of the teeth. Dr. James Fondriest is one of the early developers of this technique. His custom porcelain veneers can replace lost tooth enamel caused by bruxism. He calls them “Bruxism veneers”.
What is Bruxism?
It is normal for your teeth to wear as you age. Everyone has some amount of wear to the teeth but this amount of wear will vary greatly. A common problem is excessive tooth wear due to bruxism. Bruxism is the excessive involuntary or habitual grinding, gnashing or clenching of the jaw. Teeth grinding is usually done unconsciously, such as during sleep. Other times, anxiety or stress will cause individuals to gnash, grind or clench their teeth.
This tooth gnashing will cause the teeth to wear much faster than normal. Excessive wear can result in frequent chipping and fracturing of teeth, food collecting between your teeth, and embarrassment from the changes in your smile. It can even change the shape of your face. Often, people who grind their teeth don’t know that they’re doing it.
Should I be worried about the loss of enamel?
Wear doesn’t happen overnight. Because it happens slowly, many of our patients don’t notice it happening. Unfortunately, beyond the dental complications, it makes you look older than you actually are. It results in an unattractive smile with short teeth and spaces between the teeth. Fortunately, special bruxism veneers can be made for worn teeth to replace the lost tooth enamel.
Consequences of heavy wear: It’s not just a cosmetic issue
Many people don’t know how serious wear is. When large amounts of enamel have been lost, the inside of the tooth becomes exposed. This will cause:
- Increased risk of decay
- Uneven bite
- Facial changes – shortening of the face
- Chewing difficulties
- Chipping and fracturing of teeth
- Heavy tooth wear or damaged teeth
- Bite related problems such as headaches and TMJ
Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism has several symptoms. Some of those symptoms include:
- Tooth pain
- Cold sensitive teeth
- Jaw and facial muscle pain
- Limited jaw movement
- Sore gums
Bruxism Veneers for Worn Teeth Can Replace Lost Tooth Enamel
Months and even years of teeth grinding can cause severe damage to the enamel of teeth. Porcelain veneers serve as an alternative in addressing lost tooth enamel from bruxism. Porcelain is a solid and durable material, and can improve a variety of imperfections of the teeth. In addition to teeth grinding, porcelain veneers can improve upon:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshaped teeth
After Dr. Fondriest creates custom bruxism veneers for worn teeth, he may offer a night guard, or tooth support, to help with bruxism. You may also consider additional medical attention to address other causes of bruxism such as sleep apnea.
Finding Solutions for Severe Tooth Wear
Are you worried about your worn teeth? Find out more and talk to your dentist. There are procedures that can repair teeth that have been damaged from tooth gnashing. Visit your cosmetic dentist today to know more about your options.
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers for heavy tooth wear? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with personalized care, in a warm and welcoming environment.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States