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Tooth Wear

tooth-wearThere should be no issue with the longevity of your teeth as long you properly take care of it. However, wear is a stage every one of us must encounter as we age. Wear refers to the decline in tooth structure, which usually begins by the depletion of the translucent enamel that covers the outermost part of the teeth. In critical situations, it can advance to affecting the inner tooth structure.

Enamel is very hard. When compared to the bone or dentin, enamels are nonliving with mineral deposit. Our teeth can perform the function of bite and tear because the enamel is not susceptible to chemical attack.

Nevertheless, it can still experience tooth wear due to some reasons. Perhaps the body has a mechanism to replace these wears, only when it has not progressed to the critical stage.

Types of Tooth Wear

Cases of tooth wear can occur due to any of the following causes:

gum-recessionAbrasion:

Abrasion occurs when the tooth surface and other hard substance grinds or rubs against each other. This condition is commonly caused by the continual use of force or hard brush while brushing. It can damage your tooth’s root surface within the gum and sometimes can cause a bleeding gum.

Aside from that, toothpicks and dental floss can also lead to abrasion. Moreover, dental instruments, if not carefully used, can lead to abrasion. E.g., the use of partial dentures and retainers.

Also, diets such as sunflower seeds and nuts are abrasive. Finally, habits that you engage in are also guilty of tooth abrasion — for example, biting of the nails, and pen-chewing.

Attrition:

This is caused by the direct contact between your tooth while chewing or biting food. Also, people who are guilty of regular tooth clenching or grinding have a higher risk of exposing their teeth to these damages.

Erosion:

Tooth erosion is mostly caused by the acidic content of the foods that you consume. When this occurs, the acids wash away the outer enamel of the tooth. Foods such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drink.

Also, some fruit juices contain a considerable quantity of acids. The best approach is to dilute these drinks with water or take water immediately after consumption.

Abfraction:

Abfraction refers to the loss of the tooth’s enamel occurring at the thin region between the gum line. The situation has been under study for many years trying to discover its cause.

While dentists are still unsure how this occurs, many feel it is the effect of the force exerted while biting. Abrasion and erosion have also been pinpointed as a factor that can lead to this condition.

How To Treat Worn Teeth

Before treatment can commence in a worn tooth, the dentist has to examine to ascertain the cause of the condition. Afterward, necessary measures and instructions will be given by the doctor regarding the state of the tooth.

The use of soft brush, less exertion of force while eating and mouth guard for those who are chronic grinders are part of the common remedies to the situation.

In severe cases, the dentist might need to restore the old tooth structure. It can be carried out through bonding, veneers, or crowns, considering the circumstances. However, the good news is that advancement in dentistry has made provisions available to replace worn-out tooth successfully and restore the beauty of your smile.

Let Dr. Carol Felder treat your tooth wear today by booking a dental appointment with us.

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