What are Worn-Down Teeth? How to Treat them?

Posted by BELLFLOWER COSMETIC DENTISTRY on Feb 25 2021, 10:53 AM

What are Worn-Down Teeth? How to Treat them?

Have you noticed a gradual decrease in your tooth length? Well, this might not be a sign of tooth decay or other disease but could be because of abrasion, attrition, and erosion of the tooth surface. We know this might be a bit overwhelming for you but don't worry; we are here to explain this to you using simple and easy terms. You would know about these three terms, how to protect worn-down teeth and what all you can do to prevent such a situation. 

  • Attrition

It is quite a common issue faced in old age. As you age, your teeth start to wear and tear and lose some part of the tooth surface while you chew. However, some people grind or clench their teeth too aggressively that it causes tooth-to-tooth degradation on the biting edges of the teeth.

  • Abrasion

When you brush your teeth, make sure you do it gently because over-aggressive brushing might affect the sides and necks of the teeth leading to sensitivity and worn-down teeth.

  • Erosion

Consuming acidic food items and other junk food can lead to tooth erosion. The enamel and the dentine can be severely affected by the acids produced by the unhealthy beverages and food items you eat. Apart from that, patients with conditions like bulimia or acid reflux can also face tooth erosion. 

Ways to treat Worn-down teeth

It is best to know the reason behind the worn-down teeth. Therefore, look at the reason closely and then opt for the treatment most suitable for you. You can consider the following treatment:

  • Getting the teeth repaired by opting for composite bonding.
  • Opting for veneers to hide the worn-down teeth.
  • You can also get dental crowns if you have a severe case of a worn-down tooth. 
  • Applying for a mouthguard if your reason for wearing down teeth is grinding or bruxism. 

It is advised to seek professional help as soon as possible. The earlier you get the issue treated, the better it would be for your overall dental health. 

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