Treatment Options for Tooth Erosion
Also known as dental erosion and acidic erosion, tooth erosion refers to the wearing down of tooth enamel caused by an acidic pH in the mouth. This leads to the underlying dentin layer of a tooth becoming revealed. Teeth may look worn down and yellow in color as a result. Not only is this off-putting aesthetically, it's also a major dental health issue.
The team at Premier Dental & Implant Center is proud to offer the people of Orland Park advanced dental services that can address tooth erosion in its various stages. Let's take a moment to go over the causes of tooth erosion as well as the treatments that are available.
Causes of Tooth Erosion
Since acidity is the primary cause of tooth erosion, the most common causes tend to involve food items and drinks that affect the pH of the mouth. With that in mind, the most common causes of tooth erosion include:
- Excessive consumption of carbonated beverages
- Excessive consumption of sugary fruit drinks
- Poor diet heavy in sugars or starches
- Dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Acid reflux (GERD)
If you grind your teeth (bruxism) or clench your teeth frequently, this can exacerbate the wear and tear on your teeth caused by tooth erosion.
The Dangers of Tooth Erosion
At first, tooth erosion can cause tooth sensitivity. Since the dentin is exposed, you will be more attuned to hot and cold temperatures in the mouth while eating and drinking. This can feel quite uncomfortable.
In time, the tooth erosion weakens the overall structure of the tooth, making fractures and tooth decay much more likely. Left untreated, tooth erosion can result in root canal infections, tooth loss, and worse dental health issues.
Restorative Dentistry Options for Tooth Erosion
When it comes to treating tooth erosion, the most important step is to rebuild the tooth structure that was lost. This might take many different forms. Dental bonding, fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Once in place, these dental restorations will allow a patient to bite and chew without sensitivity or risk of fractures.
If the damaged tooth cannot be restored, extraction may be the only viable option. In these cases, we can look at your many options for replacing the missing tooth. This may include a dental bridge or perhaps a crown supported by a single dental implant.
Treating Dry Mouth
If dry mouth is a contributing factor to the tooth erosion, your dentist may recommend some artificial saliva products to increase the amount of moisture in your mouth and help improve your oral pH. Blockages to the salivary glands (if present) may also be treated by your dentist to help prevent future
Tips for Preventing Tooth Erosion
To prevent tooth erosion, consider the following tips:
- Drink water to remain hydrated through the day
- Reduce your consumption of soft drinks and fruit juices
- Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
- Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and maintenance
Learn More About Tooth Erosion
If you would like more information about treating tooth erosion and improving your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. The team at Premier Dental & Implant Center is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.