Many patients present with worn and chipped teeth and are interested in a smile makeover. When a patient presents with significant wear and damage to their existing teeth, it is always wise to see why this has occurred. Many patients do not realize that their bite (occlusion) or TMJ problems have caused this wear.
Worn Teeth and TMJ problems
Why would someone give a smile makeover to the same bite that caused these problems to occur in the first place? In this case, our patient presented with a
cosmetic concern with the front teeth. After speaking with her, she did have a clicking jaw, some facial pain, and other TMJ pain and elected to treat these problems with TMJ therapy prior to doing the cosmetic dentistry treatment. Her teeth were restored to the corrected jaw position as opposed to her habitual jaw position. In this manner, she will not destroy the new dental care or her new smile. As you can see, this also corrected the lower 1/3 of her face giving her a non-surgical facelift as well. Additionally, rather than grind down the tops of the teeth, we were able to build the teeth back to their natural height. No surgical crown lengthing or bone reduction was done. When considering cosmetic dentistry and you have worn or broken teeth, it is important to find out why the teeth are wearing and broken and correct this prior to doing a smile makeover or porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers. This can help to ensure that your cosmetic dentistry can last a long time. This case is a metal free case. Our patient has no more TMJ pain or TMJ noises and an attractive and healthy smile as well. If you have any questions about Houston Cosmetic Dentistry or Houston TMJ treatment, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289