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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments For Chipped Teeth Due to Bruxism
by Dr. Michael Popp on Apr 4, 2018
Categorized under Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have teeth that are chipped due to bruxism? Our Calgary cosmetic dentist can help restore the beauty and function to your smile. 


Bruxism is a term that is used to describe a habit of teeth grinding or jaw clenching that occurs to certain people as they sleep or concentrate. While not life-threatening, the condition can ultimately result in a sore jaw and higher potential for certain dental problems in the future.

Other undesirable symptoms of bruxism include:

  • flattened teeth
  • cracked or chipped teeth
  • tired or tight jaw muscles
  • pain in the neck, jaw, or face
  • earaches and headaches
  • bites in the inside of your cheeks

Customised and Effective Bruxism Treatments in Calgary

At Marlborough Dental Centre, our Calgary dentists offer Bruxism treatments, as well as cosmetic dentistry services to correct the effects of this condition, such as chipped or cracked teeth, to restore the health and function of your smile.

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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments For Chipped Teeth Due to Bruxism

Whatever the cause of you unconsciously grinding your teeth, stopping this involuntary movement is the first battle. The good news? Bruxism treatment is easily accomplished with a customised oral appliance or bite guard.

However, you may discover that even though your grinding has ceased, your teeth have been left in poor shape because of the habit. In such cases, seeking the professional help of a cosmetic dentist can help.

Here are 3 cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help repair chipped teeth due to grinding:

1. Dental Crowns

If you have a badly chipped tooth, or pain when chewing/drinking, then you may need a dental crown. Crowns are one of the most effective and common restorative treatments. 

What is a dental crown? This is a cap that covers your tooth, protecting it and improving its appearance. It enhances the strength and function of the damaged tooth, preventing you from losing it.

How is a dental crown placed on your tooth?

When performed by a qualified dentist, getting a dental crown is a straightforward and easy process. Here is what to expect:

  • Step one: During the first visit, your chipped tooth will be prepared for the procedure. Some tooth structures may need to be removed to make room for the crown.
  • Step two: After the tooth has been prepared, your cosmetic dentist will take impressions and send them to a lab to make the permanent crown. A temporary one will be provided in the meantime.
  • Step three: Once the permanent crown is ready, you’ll visit your dentist once more and it will be cemented onto your remaining tooth structure.

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2. Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are covers for a tooth. Most cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers because they provide the most attractive and realistic results. Unlike a dental crown that encases the entire tooth, a veneer covers the tooth’s front surface (the side that shows when you smile).

In comparison to dental crowns, veneers have many advantages:

  • they're less bulky
  • the preparation for them is less traumatic to the teeth
  • less healthy tooth structure is sacrificed, and sometimes none at all.
  • more natural results

However, porcelain veneers are not as durable as dental crowns and do best in situations where the forces placed upon them are relatively light.

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During a consultation with your dentist, they can help determine which type of cosmetic treatment is best suited for your unique needs and requirements. (Call Today >)

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3. Cosmetic Bonding  

Cosmetic or dental bonding is a very simple procedure that will repair any cracked, damaged or chipped teeth. During the treatment, a tooth-coloured material (composite resin) is attached with an adhesive to your teeth to repair any defects and reshape them.

While they are the most cost-effective cosmetic treatment, there are certain drawbacks to cosmetic bonding including:

  • a shorter lifespan compared to dental crowns and veneers
  • more vulnerability to chipping and staining
  • the composite resin material used during the bonding treatment isn’t as strong as your natural tooth enamel

However, depending on the extent of your bruxism and effectiveness of your treatment, a simple bonding procedure can repair any chipped teeth and ensure your smile looks like new with the least amount of invasiveness possible.

 

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To find out more about our wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, and how our dental professionals can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy, and well-functioning smile, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.


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