How does the dentist measure and address tooth erosion?
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
At the practice of Dr. David S. Frey, patients who are experiencing dental erosion will need to get a proper diagnosis and speak to him about the treatment options available.
What causes tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of natural tooth enamel from the tooth’s surface. This can be caused by a variety of culprits. Tooth erosion and wear can be linked to:
- Conditions such as bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
- Increased levels of stress
- Excessive consumption of foods and beverages high in acids
- Dry mouth / low salivary flow
- Acid reflux / GI problems
- Certain prescription medications
How does a dentist measure the amount of erosion?
Erosion may be noticed and evaluated in many different ways. In most situations, Dr. David S. Frey will measure the amount of erosion by comparing it to other teeth. While the eroded surfaces may still appear glossy as the other teeth, the amount of enamel present is deficient when compared. It is vital that patients understand that dental erosion cannot be brought back after it occurs, and dentists will need to bring back the thickness of the tooth with certain treatments.
How can I tell if I have erosion?
Below are a few common signs that dental erosion may be occurring:
- Teeth become sensitive to sweet foods or when consuming hot or cold beverages
- The chewing surfaces of teeth are pitted or flattened
- Fillings may become loose or lost
- The teeth have changed shape over time and may even be concave
- Teeth appear more yellow and darker than they used to be due to dissolving enamel
- The tips of the teeth near the front of the smile appear translucent or extremely thin
Consider the advantages of early diagnosis and intervention
When patients are faced with tooth erosion, they need to work directly with a dentist in the area of Beverly Hills, CA to learn about diagnosis and treatment. Dr. David S. Frey is pleased to provide care for new and existing patients at his practice, located in Suite 414 at 462 North Linden Drive. The facility can be reached by phone at (310) 276-4537.
Posted in: Oral Health