Here at Center City Emergency Dentist, the services at our cosmetic dentistry center, located in Center City, Philadelphia, can improve the appearance, function, and overall health of your teeth and gums. One of the procedures with which we achieve this is bite reclamation.
Bite reclamation is necessary when teeth’s enamel and dentin have worn away. This can happen for a variety of reasons:
- Acid reflux
- Enamel erosion
- Natural long-term abrasion
In the worst cases, these factors can wear teeth all the way from the crown down to the pulp, which will cause pain. Erosion starts at the crown and will continue toward the gums, making teeth shorter than they originally were. This can create difficulty with chewing and can leave the insides of teeth unprotected, affecting oral health in addition to the appearance of your teeth.
But whether you need bite reclamation for your appearance, or comfort, or both, our bite reclamation procedure can help by not only stopping, but also reversing, the deterioration of teeth.
How Bite Reclamation Treatment Works
As with many procedures, a preliminary examination is necessary to determine the severity of your problem. Based on this, we’ll be able to advise you on whether you need elongation on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
The elongation procedure requires the use of anesthetics, as the addition of fillings will trigger dental nerves. Your dentist will add the fillings to the surface of the affected teeth, bringing the teeth back to the shape and length they were before they wore away.
Depending on the severity of your decay, this may take a single treatment or several sessions. During recovery, which can take several weeks, it is essential that you use an antibacterial mouthwash we will give you to prevent infections.
Other Benefits of Bite Reclamation
Although the primary objective of bite reclamation is to resolve dental health hazards, it’s considered a cosmetic procedure because it can improve your appearance. Obviously, it will make your teeth look better, but the changes won’t always stop there. In some cases, restoring teeth to their full length can change the appearance of your whole face by stretching the skin, which may cause some people to lose a few wrinkles.