Damage to teeth (such as decay, chipping, excessive wear and fractures) are caused by a variety of factors, such as dental decay, nocturnal teeth grinding (bruxism), trauma, years of fillings and dental repairs, unhealthy bite, acid reflux, bulimia, weak enamel, genetic or dietary factors such as excessive sugar and acid intake.
There are many ways our dentists can repair decayed, worn, broken or chipped teeth, but most important is the diagnosis and treatment planning of the best way to restore long term health and prevent further problems In your particular case.
It is important that broken/worn down teeth are diagnosed and treated as part of a holistic oral health plan, taking into account your particular dental, medical, cosmetic and social considerations and requirements.
A simple chip can often be repaired quickly and simply under a simple local anaesthetic. Widespread tooth wear or breakdown can require more extensive reconstructive treatments, which many of our patients choose to carry out in a Sleep Dentistry appointment, to maximize results in minimal number of visits.
Dental caries (tooth decay or “cavities”) is one of the most common diseases in the world. It is effectively an infection and decalcification of the hard tooth structure, caused by bacteria and their acid by-products. These bacteria are from dental plaque, which if not cleaned appropriately from the tooth surface by good brushing and flossing, start to cause decalcification of the tooth or root surface (enamel or cementum). Once this causes a cavitation of the tooth, breaking into the deeper (dentin) tooth structure, then it is irreversible. If left untreated, it leads to pain, infection of the pulp, abscesses, and breakdown of the tooth.
The most common dental procedure is the removal of dental caries to arrest its progress, and repair of the defect left in the tooth with a direct restoration (filling) or indirectly fabricated restoration (inlay or onlay).