Many times patients present with severely worn teeth and would like cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smiles. Worn teeth are an indication of deeper problems. Why would a dentist restore teeth to the same bite that the patient destroyed? When significant wear is present a comprehensive bite and TMJ evaluation is indicated. Not only is this a cosmetic case but a functional one as eating is difficult and just restoring his teeth to his incorrect bite will ruin the remaining teeth as well.
Severe Wear and Collapsed Bite TMJ and Bite Correction with Cosmetic Dentistry
In this case, our patient presented with severe wear and was in danger of losing his teeth. Prior attempts to place implants and new crowns failed. This case was approached using 3D CBCT scans, evaluation, and computerized analysis to assist in finding the best physiologic bite position to restore his teeth too. This neuromuscular dentistry allowed for a predictable way to help save his teeth and help him on a long term basis. It is easy to see in the photos how the new bite allowed us to restore his teeth to proper size and position. Prior to completing this restorative care a fixed orthotic was used to ascertain and stabilize the jaw joints, muscles, and teeth. Our patient feels and looks great and has teeth that he can chew his food too which affects his overall health too. If you have questions about Houston TMJ or Houston Cosmetic Dentistry please feel free to call our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF 713-668-2289