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Worn Teeth and TMD (Temporo-Mandibular Disorders)

Teeth are not just for biting or chewing your food with, but they also help support lips and cheeks by making them look fuller. Teeth also help pronounce various sounds properly and enhance your ability to talk. But, what many people may not know, teeth help preserve the height of your jaw bone and maintains the distance between the upper and lower portions of your mouth. When teeth are severely worn or lost, there is a tendency for the mouth to over-close.

Amongst many factors that affects integrity of the natural teeth, causing them to appear worn, chipped and cracked; clenching and grinding (Bruxism) is one of the most common cause. Clenching or Grinding results into tightening of your jaw muscles and stresses your TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint). In either case, there is no simple answer to your TMJ Disorders. Restoring your jaw’s harmony may include several kinds of treatment to reduce muscle tension, regain a stable bite, or rest and heal your jaw joint.

This patient had severe sensitivity and trouble chewing his food due to severe enamel wear, over-closure of his teeth and multiple teeth loss. All of his teeth were restored to natural shape and size for proper function. Crowns and bridges were used to restore his worn teeth, close gaps and also to replace missing teeth. Patient is currently undergoing Implant treatment to get one of his bottom left molar replaced. Patient is fitted with a custom mouth-guard to further prevent Bruxism. Treatment not only gave this patient ability to properly chew and enjoy his food, but also gave more support to his lips and cheeks for improved and confident smile. We thank him for giving us permission to use his photographs for this article.

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