Tooth wear can occur at any age depending on the causes. Young people can suffer accelerated tooth wear due to consumption of lots of fizzy drinks causing acid erosion. Older patients can simply wear their teeth out from a lifetime of grinding or an inappropriate diet. Tooth wear can cause tooth sensitivity and can lead to changes in your bite. It is an increasingly common problem that should not be ignored particularly as we are all hoping to live long and full lives and will expect our teeth to survive as long as we do.
Our modern diet is often much more acidic and this can soften the enamel and make it more prone to being worn away by the action of chewing and grinding the teeth. Tooth wear tends to happen relatively slowly over a long period.
Concerned about worn teeth?
At Hook Dental in Hampshire we carefully assess your teeth for problems of erosion and wear. We will give you a score that will not only show us if the problem is getting worse but will guide us to the best care and treatment, or better yet, what preventive measures we can and should take.
Where does tooth wear occur?
Loss of the enamel surface of a tooth most typically occurs on the biting surfaces and also at the necks of the teeth at the gum line. Loss of the enamel on the facing surface of the teeth usually begins at the gum line and can be very unsightly.
What problems does tooth wear cause?
Your teeth may also become very sensitive to temperature change and to certain foods. Wear on the biting surfaces of your teeth will result in a gradual loss of height of the bite and can result in problems with the jaw joints, which in turn can cause headaches, neck and back pain.
How is tooth wear treated at Hook Dental?
Depending how severe your tooth wear issues, we may need to simply monitor the condition and take a preventive approach, or consider providing treatment to restore the natural shape and appearance of your teeth.
The modern approach to managing tooth surface loss is the rebuilding of the lost tooth tissue using tooth coloured fillings, made of a material called composite resin, which is glued or bonded to the remaining tooth to provide a cosmetic non-invasive and cost effective solution For more severely worn teeth it may be necessary to consider using porcelain onlays or crowns.