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How to Avoid Tooth Erosion: Causes and Treatments

Mar 18, 2014 @ 05:28 PM — by Dr. David Wyse
Tagged with: Tooth Erosion Restorative Dentistry

Tooth erosion is something we are all prone to. Daily wear and tear, acidic foods, soft drinks, even hard bristled toothbrushes all contribute to enamel erosion. Enamel erosion can leave the teeth vulnerable to decay, cause changes in appearance, and lead to increased tooth sensitivity. Once enamel is gone, it will not replenish itself. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce enamel erosion and there are even dental treatments that can repair years of enamel damage and restore the look and function of your teeth. Bloomington cosmetic dentists Jay W. Chrisman and David Wyse offer a variety of procedures to erase tooth erosion and restore dental health. As with most health conditions, prevention is better than requiring treatment. By understanding the causes of tooth erosion, you will be better equipped to protect your teeth.

What Is Tooth Erosion?

Tooth erosion, simply put, is the loss of dental enamel. Dental enamel is the extremely hard, protective outer layer of the teeth. The enamel protects the inner layers of the teeth, specifically the dentin. As enamel is worn away, the dentin becomes exposed, allowing hot and cold foods and drinks to reach the dental nerves. Temperature fluctuations can cause pain in sensitive teeth. Not only can teeth lacking enamel be susceptible to increased sensitivity, they are also vulnerable to developing cavities.

The Causes of Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion can take years to manifest or can happen in a short period of time. There are many causes that can erode enamel and lead to dental problems. Some of the most common causes of tooth erosion include:

Preventing and Treating Tooth Erosion

Prevention is the best way to combat tooth erosion, however, there are dental treatments that can be performed to reverse the damage of dental erosion. Preventative treatments for tooth erosion include:

Tooth erosion that requires restorative dentistry can be repaired with a variety of treatments. Such treatments include:

Get Treatment for Tooth Erosion

Don't let tooth erosion go untreated. It can lead to serious problems like dental decay and tooth loss. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your treatment options.