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How to Restore Your Smile after Being Worn Down By Bruxism

teeth health smile dentistBruxism is characterized by teeth grinding during sleep. Others will grind their teeth during the day and remain unaware of the bad habit.

Bruxism is a serious condition since it will ruin your teeth over time. Bruxism will wear tooth enamel leaving the individual with teeth that look filed down and abnormally short.

Regular dental checkups will help to identify the symptoms linked to teeth grinding. Your dentist should help you find ways to control your bruxism and repair the damage caused.

Stop the Bruxism First

There is nothing to be gained repairing worn teeth before the original cause has been eliminated. The forces we put on our teeth in bruxism far exceed the strength of the best dental materials. a bruxism sufferer will quickly break any dental repair.

To stop the bruxism a guard is made and worn whilst sleeping.

Repair of Gum Tissue

The severity of bruxism will determine how far gum tissue is affected. Long-standing bruxism will also affect the gums. Affected gum tissue must be treated before any restorations to the teeth are carried out. Gum recession and gum inflammation will be treated appropriately and given time to heal properly.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are recommended for people who have severe teeth damage as a result of their bruxism. The crowns act as a cap to the tooth to protect the root of the tooth and to restore the smile. They will also prevent further damage to the teeth.


Veneers are a good choice to improve the appearance of worn-down teeth. Veneers are especially good for the front teeth which will look uniform and have a natural appearance. Veneers also help to improve the functionality of the teeth.


Bonding involved rebuilding the worn teeth with plastic filling material, matched in colour for an invisible mend. Bonding has the advantage of being non-invasive, requiring only drilling or injection. It also has the advantage of being the lowest cost method of repairing worn teeth. Bonding has the disadvantage of being prone to chipping and discolouration meaning that they tend to need regulars repairs and replacements.


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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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