TOOTH WEAR & EROSION
Accelerated tooth wear, worn out or worn down teeth and acid dental erosion are increasingly common today. This is commonly termed as “Tooth Substance Loss” or “TSL”
There are 3 forms of accelerated tooth substance loss (TSL):-
This is tooth wear through grinding or clenching, i.e. tooth to tooth wear and affects the biting/chewing surfaces of the teeth.
This is tooth wear through over aggressive brushing and typically affects the sides and necks of the teeth.
This is loss of tooth structure (enamel and dentine) dissolved through acid erosion caused by acidic foods and drinks in our diets, or in patients with conditions like bulimia or acid-reflux.
Of course we often see patients with more than one, or even a combination of all of the factors above too, for example the case shown on the right.
What causes tooth wear and erosion?
Frequent exposure to acidic elements in our diets, especially fizzy drinks (even carbonated water), fruit or fruit juices, wine and other acidic drinks play a significant role in producing early loss of enamel from our teeth. Repeated exposure of your teeth to acidic components in your diet will lead to increased acid erosion affecting your teeth. The saliva in your mouth has a protective effect but can only work if the acid exposure is not too frequent. If your teeth are being exposed to acid drinks or foods several times a day then you are fighting a losing battle!
Of course, some acidic foods such as fruits and fruit juices are good for our health so the best advice is to drink still water through the day and limit the number of times a day we expose our teeth to acidic food and drinks. For instance, only have fizzy drinks or fruit juices at mealtimes or perhaps only once a day outside of mealtimes. It is also best not to brush your teeth immediately after having a acidic food or drinks so that your saliva has a chance to neutralise the acids and re-mineralise the enamel on your teeth.
A smile with teeth affected by severe acid erosion and wear treated by composite bonding – a really conservative approach to rebuilding the teeth.
Teeth affected by a combination of wear and erosion treated with veneers and crowns.
Take a look through our case studies or call us on 01753 833755 to understand more about our treatments for worn teeth.
Another factor that can lead to excessive tooth wear are tooth grinding or clenching habits such as bruxism. This can be brought on by stress but can also simply be an unconscious habit that people do during the day and/or also at night when sleeping. It is best to try to avoid daytime clenching or grinding and the dentist can help provide treatment to prevent damage and try to stop the habit. Often clenching & grinding is linked to having a poor bite, irregular teeth or poor dental work. Our team at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry can help to restore and treat your teeth to prevent damage.
Our restorative dental treatments aim to return your teeth to optimum dental health, function and aesthetics. That’s where our expertise and experience in all aspects of restorative dentistry as well as the other disciplines helps us to achieve the best possible long-term results for our patients.
Our integrated approach
Of course, dental implants, implant dentistry, periodontal treatment, aesthetic dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, cosmetic dental treatments all play a key role in getting the best results for our patients. Restorative dental treatment may include a range of treatments from tooth whitening, composite bonding, braces, root treatments, fillings, crowns, dental bridges, veneers, dental implants, plastic gum surgery, bone and gum rebuilding & grafting, and more!