A lot of things might come to mind when you think of your oral health, such as preventing cavities and spotting gum disease. However, your tooth structure wearing down isn’t something you might worry about until you notice that it’s occurred. Worn down teeth can mean a couple of things, such as you grind your teeth too much or your bite’s balance isn’t as even as it should be. In most cases, however, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible, and to fix the damage to your tooth structure to restore your bite’s balance and function.

Why your teeth shouldn’t be worn down

Even if you didn’t expect it, you may recognize the significance of your teeth being worn down if you recognize the natural strength and resilience that your healthy teeth should have. Made from and protected by the strongest substances your body produces, your teeth are made to be the most active and functional parts of your body. This means, optimally, they can perform their functions throughout your lifetime without becoming worn down, damaged, or lost. If your tooth structure has been worn down, it could mean that they’re exposed to much more pressure than intended, which could be the result of a number of different concerns.

Why you should repair them soon

The cause of your excessive tooth wear is important in your overall restorative treatment plan, but the damaged structures of your teeth should be addressed as soon as possible. Whatever force as caused your teeth to wear down, the fact that they’ve lost some of their structure means that they’re now structurally weaker. In their weakened state, worn down teeth can be more susceptible to more severe damage, including fractures or breaks that compromise the rest of their healthy structures.

How to avoid tooth wear in the future

In addition to repairing the damage to your teeth with custom-designed restorative treatment, it’s just as important to address the root cause of your tooth wear. Otherwise, your teeth and restoration will be at risk even after your treatment. For some people, the cause is a condition known as bruxism, which describes the constant grinding of one’s teeth (especially at night). Wearing a custom-designed protective guard can help protect your teeth from damage if you experience bruxism and avoid the need for more extensive restorative treatment in the future.

Restore your worn-down teeth, and your smile

Excessive tooth wear can be an indication of a number of different things, but regardless of the cause, it’s a problem that could lead to several others if they’re not fixed. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500.