Tooth Wear

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Tooth Wear

Tooth wear is the irreversible loss of tooth structure. The structural loss is unsightly, affects the function of teeth and is often painful. The damage can also be expensive and difficult to repair.

Tooth Wear Cheltenham

Types of Tooth Wear

There are 3 types of tooth wear: abrasion, attrition and dental erosion.

Abrasion: Physical wear caused by overzealous or inappropriate toothbrushing, repeated use of a toothpick or placing hairpins between the teeth.

Attrition: Tooth structure loss due to a tooth-to-tooth contact, such as grinding of teeth.

Dental erosion: Dissolving of enamel due to the presence of acids in the mouth.

Tooth Wear Treatment

People with abfraction or abrasion can have a dental filling placed on the side of the tooth over the affected area to help protect against continued wear, although it may not be medically necessary.

You may choose to have fluoride applied at your dental appointment or use fluoride-containing toothpaste to help with the sensitivity.

Your Cheltenham dentist will also monitor the site of tooth wear to make sure it doesn’t worsen.

Your tooth enamel won’t grow back, but not all is lost!

Take preventive measures to keep your smile. Knowing how to care for your teeth and practising good oral habits recommended by your dental professionals can help your smile last a long time!

Tooth Wear Treatment in Cheltenham

Lost tooth structure may need to be repaired for your teeth and bite to function properly and to look great once again.

Depending on the case, this can be done with dental bonding, veneers, or crowns. Modern dentistry at Dentist On Warrigal Cheltenham can restore the normal shape, appearance and function of worn teeth — beautifully and successfully!

Call us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tooth wear?
Tooth wear can make your teeth appear shorter or less than they used to be.
What are the signs and symptoms of tooth wear?
One symptom of tooth wear is the loss of the tooth surface, leading to a smooth, shiny appearance. This can make any exposed tooth root sensitive to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks.
Are sports drinks safe for me?
Many sports drinks contain ingredients that promote tooth wear and decay. However, it is important for athletes to prevent dehydration while playing because this can lead to a dry mouth and bad breath.