Bite reclamation is a cosmetic dental treatment that helps the recovery of teeth, which lost their vertical length due to acid reflux, enamel erosion, bulimia, alcoholism, or simply, tooth abrasion over time. In all these cases, teeth will wear away so slowly that you won’t be aware of it unless you lose a significant portion of surface enamel and dentin, or get to the point where your teeth are worn to the pulp, which usually causes pain.
Bite reclamation is a procedure that will not only stop but will also reverse the entire process. Implications for a bite reclamation procedure aren’t just limited to aesthetics, and even the sole name for it gives you an idea.
The fact that you have teeth that are shorter than before gives you difficulty chewing your food. This is something most patients never actually notice since the wearing happens slowly over time. However, they will undoubtedly see significant improvements in their teeth function once the procedure and recovery are complete. They will have a better grip on their food. Regaining a natural bite grip will improve their entire oral health.
Speaking of the aesthetic benefits, these are not just limited to your smile. With the full length of your teeth reclaimed, your entire face will get a new look. Full-length teeth may improve the shape of your facial features, stretching the skin, and some of your wrinkles may disappear. You will get a youthful look without Botoxing.
Although the problem is very complex, the bite reclamation procedure is remarkably simple. Before reclaiming, the dentist will perform a test to find out the real extent of the tooth length loss and make a decision whether elongation will be applied on the lower jaw, upper jaw, or both.
Most often, the procedure will provoke nerves in the tooth, which causes pain, and anesthetics are a must. This procedure is more thorough than replacing your regular fillings. The dentist will add fillings to the tooth surface to reclaim their ideal length these had when you were a young adult. In some more severe cases, repeated treatments will be required.
The recovery period may take up to several weeks. During that period, you will use a special antibacterial mouthwash to prevent possible infections.