"Transforming the Way We Treat Worn Teeth and Lost Vertical Dimension "
Lost vertical dimension refers to the decrease in the vertical measurement of the teeth due to wear and tear caused by chronic grinding and other parafunctional habits. This can lead to several dental issues, including a collapsed bite, a change in the shape of the face, and an increase in the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
When a person loses vertical dimension, their lower jaw and tongue can drop down, which can cause the muscles of the jaw, face, and neck to become overworked. This can lead to chronic pain and muscle fatigue. Additionally, the loss of vertical dimension can change the shape of the face, making a person look older and more tired.
Restoring vertical dimension is critical to ensuring a healthy bite and a natural-looking smile. This can be achieved through a combination of restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and other treatments.
Computer-assisted treatment planning (CATP) is a technology that allows dentists to create detailed, three-dimensional images of a patient's mouth and jaw. This allows them to plan the precise placement of dental implants and other restorative devices, which ensures a more accurate outcome. CATP uses advanced software to create detailed digital models of a patient's teeth and jaw, which can be used to plan implant placement, design custom-fit restorations, and even simulate the outcome of the treatment. This technology can also help dentists to avoid potential complications and reduce the need for additional treatments.
3D model printing is a technology that allows dentists to create physical models of a patient's teeth and jaw. These models can be used to plan implant placement, fabricate custom-fit restorations, such as crowns, and even provide patients with a visual representation of their treatment plan. 3D printing is also used to produce surgical guides which help the dentist to place the implant in the right position. This technology can also help dentists to reduce the need for multiple appointments and improve the accuracy of their work.
Dynamic navigation implant placement is a system that uses computer software to guide the placement of dental implants. This allows dentists to place the implants with greater accuracy, which can result in a more successful outcome. Dynamic navigation systems use a combination of 3D imaging, real-time tracking, and computer guidance to help dentists position the implant in the ideal location. This technology can also help to reduce the risk of implant failure and improve the overall success of the treatment.
Same day crown systems allow dentists to fabricate custom-fit crowns on the same day, which can greatly reduce the number of appointments needed for the patient. This technology is based on the use of CAD/CAM systems and digital dentistry, which allows the dentist to design, mill and polish the crowns in one appointment. This can greatly reduce the time and cost of the treatment and improve patient satisfaction.
All these technologies, when combined and used by experienced dentists like the ones at Advanced Dental, offer a great solution to restore worn teeth and lost vertical dimension due to chronic grinding and parafunctional habits. They allow for a more accurate, efficient, and patient-friendly treatment, which can improve the overall oral health and the aesthetic of the patient.
With a high success rate, we have been helping patients who are grinding their teeth, experiencing shorter teeth, or constantly breaking and chipping teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, see us at Advanced Dental and let us help you regain your natural bite and improve your overall oral health.
These are the before and after pics of one of our cases at Advanced Dental Plymouth. Notice the amount of tooth wear and also bite complications. This case was completed in only 2 separate appointments ( and a few hours of treatment planning and 3D modeling, which did not require our patient to be present in the clinic for the planning part!)