June 13, 2019
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
This patient was able to smile confidently again after the restoration of teeth affected by grinding.
Bruxism, or grinding your teeth, is an issue that affects more adults than you may think. Anything from stress to medications can cause this condition, and unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat and can cause lasting damage to your teeth and jaw. Read more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bruxism in our Dental Library article here.
After years of grinding, this patient of Dr. Mollot’s had worn down his front teeth. Past attempts to repair the worn teeth had begun to chip and become discoloured, and the patient came to Dr. Mollot looking for a more long-term solution.
Dr. Mollot and his team took full advantage of digital dentistry to create a lasting restoration that would bring back this patient’s natural smile. Our intraoral scanner replaces the need for messy analog impressions, digitally scanning your teeth and bite to create a 3-dimensional picture of your mouth. The simple wand-like scanner is not only less messy and uncomfortable than old-fashioned impressions, but takes fewer steps and creates a fuller, more accurate picture for your dentist and our lab technicians.
Digital scans are sent on to the technicians in our onsite lab, where they use Computer Assisted Design and Manufacturing to create totally custom restorations. In this case, the team collaborated to restore the patient’s teeth to the natural length, contour, and brightness. This patient can smile without thinking twice again, and we’re so happy to have helped him regain his confidence.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, make sure to talk to us about this! Some steps can be taken to protect your teeth and jaw, and it’s important to have a plan in place. If you’ve already damaged your teeth with grinding, it’s not too late – as seen with this patient, it’s possible to bring your smile back to its best! Book a consultation, and our doctors will talk you through the best plan for you.