Tooth Wear

If you are suffering from the pain and unsightliness of tooth wear and erosion, let Tooth Spa help. We are your friendly Sunnyvale Dentist and are dedicated to quality care in a comfortable atmosphere. If you're worried about tooth wear, come talk with our dental professionals about your concerns.

Symptoms Of Dental Wear And Erosion

Depending on the stage of enamel erosion, some symptoms may include:

  • Cracks and Chips - As enamel erodes it leaves the teeth jagged and rough and susceptible to cracking and chipping.
  • Discoloration - Your teeth will be more likely to appear yellow as dentin is increasingly exposed.
  • Sensitivity - As wear increases, so does sensitivity to certain foods such as sweets, and to foods that are hot and cold in temperature.

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Wearing of the tooth enamel is a normal process over time. However, some wear is atypical and not good for your oral health or self-esteem. The enamel erosion we encourage you to address is the excessive wear caused by various factors such as:

  • Frequent consumption of soft drinks; the high levels of citric acid and phosphoric acid help erode the enamel protecting your teeth
  • Frequent consumption of fruit-based drinks that have a high natural acidity
  • GERD, or acid reflux disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Diet high in sugars and starches
  • Environmental factors such excessive stress and friction

Can I Prevent Enamel Erosion?

Excessive tooth wear is mostly preventable and with some minor changes to your daily habits, you can prevent or reduce the degree of erosion. By altering your diet to limit the number of acid-containing beverages you can make a significant impact on wear. You can also reduce stress on your enamel by addressing any problems with teeth clenching and grinding (known as bruxism). Brushing more gently and with a softer toothbrush reduces friction. Tooth Spa can help you determine what preventative measures you can make that will be most successful.

Enamel Erosion Treatment

If your tooth wear has gone beyond preventative measures, there are treatment options that can visually and functionally restore your teeth to their original state. If the enamel has eroded exposing some of the underlying, more sensitive dentin, a tooth-colored material can be bonded to your teeth to function as enamel would. Teeth that have lost substantial structure from extreme wear may require a crown to cap the entire tooth, thus restoring its shape and size.

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Combining a professional and friendly staff with green technology, comfort, and conscious sedation, we provide the best care for our patients. Call Tooth Spa today to see how we can help improve your smile.

 

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