Anti-Aging Dentistry

ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY

Anti-aging dentistry is dental care, techniques and restorations which conserves tooth structure and limits the wear effects of the teeth. Many teeth wear down prematurely because of teeth grinding (bruxism). Stress is a major factor which accelerates this wear process. A poor occlusion or “a bad bite” as well as oral habits and diet are contributing factors that can also accelerate wear. Subtle indications we have documented have even been evident in early teen years! In many cases, simple bonding techniques and a dental night guard can preserve tooth structure and extend the life of teeth. Treatment can be more complex depending upon when intervention occurs. With life expectancy pushing 100 years, the teeth are a valuable asset because the quality of life is as important as the length of life. Overall health is improved with good functioning teeth by enabling improved nutrition and digestion, not to mention adding to the joy of eating with comfort.

Any plastic surgeon will tell you that most facial aging occurs in the lower third of the face. Loss of tissue elasticity coupled with worn down teeth, which shortens the height of the face, are the greatest factors. By applying the simple principles of anti-aging dentistry, you can be assured of years of comfortable, functional teeth. When these principles are coupled with cosmetic dental procedures the teeth can be made to look youthful at the same time. As a bonus, these procedures work in tandem to minimize the aging effects of the face. We incorporate all the latest techniques in our treatment that are focused maintaining a youthful smile using anti-aging principles and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Davis has presented courses at dental conferences and universities on Anti-Aging Dentistry for doctors nationally and internationally. Some of the courses he has presented are as follows: An Artistic Approach to Cosmetic Dentistry, Analyzing Lips and Smiles, The Fine Art of Dental-Facial Esthetics, Emulating Nature- All Ceramic Restorations, Dentistry and the Aging Face and more.

Early signs of wear are evident as subtle chipping of the front teeth.

Typically, the back side of the front teeth wear before the front side and progresses relatively unnoticed by the patient.

Advanced wear. Note the flattened wear of the eye tooth which is also typical in most wear cases.

17 year old patient with signs of tooth wear.

Tooth wear becomes progressively worse over time and begins to affect more and more teeth.

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