Dental Wear and Erosion Treatment
When you think about it, your teeth really do withstand a lot of wear and tear. Fortunately, dental enamel is an extremely hard material – in fact, it’s the hardest material in the human body. But it is not indestructible, and there are many factors that can contribute to its gradual erosion.
If your teeth are already damaged by erosion, we can help. At J. Michael Dukes, DDS, we offer treatments that can restore the health, functionality and appearance of your teeth.
Protecting your dental enamel is vital because once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Significant dental erosion can weaken your tooth, increasing the chance of developing cavities and putting you at risk for cracking or breaking the tooth.
What Causes Dental Erosion?
You may not be aware that some of your daily habits can lead to tooth erosion; in fact, your tooth enamel will erode to some extent as you get older, no matter what you do.
But you can significantly reduce wearing of your dental enamel by being aware of some of the factors that can accelerate erosion:
Teeth Grinding or Bruxism: Grinding and clenching puts a lot of excess force on your teeth. Over time, this takes a toll on your dental enamel as it simply wears away due to the constant friction.
Acidic Foods: Unlike tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, tooth erosion is the result of chemicals found in acidic foods and drinks. Sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and wines all have the potential to cause tooth erosion if consumed frequently.
Excessive Teeth Whitening: Whitening too frequently or for periods longer than recommended can lead to tooth sensitivity and destruction of tooth enamel.
How Is Dental Erosion Treated?
Do your teeth show signs of abnormal wear or erosion? If so, the team at Cedar Road Dental can help. There is nothing we can do to restore your natural enamel, but we do offer treatments that protect and strengthen what remains of the healthy structure of your teeth.
Dental crowns are designed to completely encase a tooth damaged by erosion. Once we treat any underlying problems affecting your tooth, Dr. Dukes will work with our dental lab to create a crown that restores functionality and beauty to the tooth.
We also have the option of using a strong tooth-colored resin to build up teeth damaged by erosion. This process is known as dental bonding, and it can be used to repair cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth. This may work well for less damaged teeth, or as an interim measure when crowns are the better choice.
Personalized Care by Dedicated Professionals
Our goal is to provide our patients with exceptional dental care in a friendly, comfortable setting. Every member of our professional team takes the time to get to know you and actively listen to your concerns. With this type of personalized care and attention to detail, we can provide you with dental care that exceeds your expectations.
Please call our Chesapeake dental office for more information or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to our family.