Tooth wear, also known as dental erosion, is the loss of tooth enamel over time due to various factors such as brushing too hard, acid erosion from foods and drinks, and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Tooth wear can be caused by a variety of factors, including aggressive brushing, consuming acidic or sugary foods and drinks, acid reflux disease, dry mouth, and bruxism (teeth grinding).
The symptoms of tooth wear can include tooth sensitivity, discoloration of the teeth, rough or jagged edges on the teeth, and a transparent appearance near the edges of the teeth.
To diagnose tooth wear, your dentist will perform a visual exam of your teeth and may take x-rays to look for signs of erosion that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Early stages of tooth wear can sometimes be reversed through remineralization, which involves applying fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen the enamel. However, more advanced cases may require restorative dental procedures such as bonding, veneers, or crowns.
To prevent tooth wear, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, avoiding acidic or sugary foods and drinks, and wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.
Yes, tooth wear can lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss if left untreated.
Treatment for tooth wear depends on the severity of the erosion. Mild cases may be treated with fluoride treatments or fillings, while more severe cases may require restorative dental procedures such as bonding, veneers, or crowns.
The cost of treating tooth wear varies depending on the severity of the erosion and the specific treatment being used. It is best to schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of the cost.
To prevent tooth wear at home, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and avoid acidic or sugary foods and drinks. Additionally, wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night can help protect your teeth from further damage.