Teeth can be damaged through trauma (such as accidents or sports injuries) or may simply wear down over many years due to acid erosion, bruxism (grinding or clenching), large fillings or decay.
There are many ways to manage these problems such as:
In cases involving tooth surface loss due to wear or erosion, an accurate diagnosis is imperative as there are not only solutions to fix the problem, but there are also measures you can take to prevent this from happening further.
If there have been numerous large fillings, sometimes repeatedly replaced over many years, this can result in problems such as cracked teeth (which are painful to chew on), food impaction between the teeth, sensitivity or pain. This downward spiral can be reversed provided that treatment is directed as a whole solution, rather than spot fixing. Prosthodontists have the expertise to recognise such problems and are able to devise the appropriate remedial action.