Bruxism or Teeth Grinding
Grinding the teeth can cause wear. The canines and the front incisors wear first. The enamel can be lost exposing the soft dentine underneath
Drift and Over-eruption
When a tooth is missing drift and overeruption can take place. Food traps are created and can lead to a build-up of plaque. If these teeth are not kept clean, decay can result and they can be lost and the whole process starts again. See Missing Tooth Options in our treatments section for some possible solutions.
Saliva is produced by the salivary glands in the mouth. It naturally protects the teeth, washing away plaque, debris and neutralising acid. A reduction or absence of saliva can be caused by a number of factors. Reduced saliva flow can lead to more plaque and debris build up which can increase the liklihood of dental disease.It can also make eating, talking and wearing dentures uncomfortable. There are special products to help alleviate symptoms and provide care and comfort
After a damaged tooth is removed the ‘socket’ naturally produces a blood clot. Over time the gum will heal over the clot, and gum tissue is restored. However, after the tooth is removed if the clot is lost, by premature rinsing for example, the bone can be exposed to the air – this can be very painful.
An anti-bacterial swab can be inserted and slowly the gum will heal from below until the gum tissue is restored
We think Diastemas can be beautiful. They are not always a ‘problem’, sometimes they are a very attractive feature!
Sometimes a gap between the front teeth (Diastema) can be something patients want to change.Tubes are placed over the two teeth and filled with Composite material.This builds up the teeth, closing the gap.
The material is hardened with a bright light.
Fractured Tooth or Cusp
Impact on a tooth, like anything else, is spread over the whole width. When a tooth has been filled, the effective width is reduced and the impact concentrated into a smaller area. During the biting process the impact will flex the cusps. This can crack the tooth.
However, the crack, and the pain, may only be present when pressure is applied.The tooth may end up having to be crowned.
Lost Canine Guidance
When we grind our teeth from side to side the back teeth are protected to some extent by the canines.The back teeth are ‘separated’ as the canines meet. If the canines wear away then the back teeth will come together.
This can cause fracturing of the sides of the back teeth particularly those that already have fillings and are weak. Restoring the canines can help prevent further damage.
Bone Changes After Extraction