Marsha

When you grind your teeth, it may seem that just some teeth have become shorter (like your front ones). But most likely all of your teeth have worn correspondingly. Several factors then become an issue:

1) Can your jaw joint that has now become accustom to the "shorter" height of your teeth tolerate the situatation where they are returned to full height? (The answer may be yes, or no, or yes it can tolerate some increased height.)

2) A dentist usually can't only restore the worn teeth that show to full height. If they did then just your front teeth would touch together when you close, not your back ones because they'd still be short. The solution is to rebuild all of your teeth (although, possibly just all of the uppers, or just all of the lowers would suffice). This kind of treatment gets expensive fast.

3) As a tradeoff, a dentist may be able to increase the length of some teeth (like just the front ones) somewhat, yet not make them so long that they interfere with the patient's current (worn down) bite/jaw function situation. That's typically the type of results that we have tried to illustrate in our digital makeovers. (It's a practical approach in the sense that it improves the patient's appearance yet just a minimum number of teeth receive treatment.)

Treatment costs would simply depend on what approach is taken. With any approach, often each tooth being treated will need a dental crown. Here's a link to our page about costs for them.

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