Compensatory eruption is a condition defined by the shortening and vertical movement of teeth caused by grinding and tooth wear.
As a patient grinds their teeth, over time tooth structure is worn away. As the teeth shorten, they naturally shift vertically towards the opposing teeth to occupy the space that is created between the upper and lower teeth to maintain a functional bite.
When this vertical movement occurs, the gums and bone surrounding the teeth also shift, resulting in what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile.
If treatment is not sought, the teeth will continue to become shorter due wear, requiring more extensive and costly treatment to remedy.
There are multiple options available to reposition and restore teeth affected by compensatory eruption. Your doctor will work with you to assess your unique situation and develop a solution that best restores the position, appearance, and function of your teeth.
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