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