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Can you build up worn teeth?

Yes, it is possible to build up worn teeth. Worn teeth occur due to various reasons such as grinding, clenching, erosion, and age. When teeth are worn down, they become shorter and less useful for biting, chewing, and speaking.

Dental professionals can restore worn teeth with dental bonding, dental veneers, or dental crowns. Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is applied to the damaged area and then shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite material that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over the entire tooth to restore its function and appearance.

The choice of treatment depends on the extent of tooth wear, the location of the tooth, and the desired outcome. In cases where the wear is severe, a combination of procedures may be necessary.

Prevention is always better than cure, and it is important to maintain good dental hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly to prevent tooth wear. In addition, wearing a custom-made mouthguard at night can help protect against grinding and clenching, which are common causes of tooth wear.

Building up worn teeth is possible and can greatly improve the function and appearance of the teeth. Consulting with a dental professional can help determine the best course of treatment for your specific case.