Dental Erosion

Dental erosion can be defined as the irreversible loss of tooth enamel caused by acids without involving bacteria.

Dental Erosion

Dental erosion can be defined as the irreversible loss of tooth enamel caused by acids without involving bacteria.

Dental erosion can be defined as the irreversible loss of tooth enamel caused by acids without involving bacteria.

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Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to sensitivity and pain.
Dental Erosion and Tooth wear is one of the major issues faced by patients of all age groups today due to the modern diet. The symptoms range from mild sensitivity, to such pain that make eating difficult. There is often a loss of confidence when the smile disappears due to tooth wear. Although the enamel cannot be rebuilt, we can take effective measures to prevent the further damage.

Erosion shows up either in the front or the back teeth, or both at the same time. As a result, the outer layer of the teeth – the enamel – will start to wear off, exposing the yellowness of the underneath dentin and causing sensitivity to heat and cold or acidic foods & drinks. However, sometimes erosion can be asymptomatic, and just develops into thin and transparent teeth edges, becoming an aesthetic issue for most patients.

Causes:

Every time you take in acidic foods/drinks, the  enamel of the teeth loses its mineral layer and becomes less hard for a short time. Subsequently, the minerals present in the saliva will cancel out this acidity, and help the enamel to get  back to its natural condition. However, if this happens too often, the saliva will not have enough time to balance the acid attack, the enamel does not recover its mineral layer and that makes it more prone to wear and decay. Over time, you start to lose the surface of your teeth which can be noticeable.

Here are some potential examples:

Sugars and acids: the result of the degradation of the sugar present in lollies and fizzy drinks is acid. So, sugar is not only the factor affecting your smile. Fizzy carbonated drinks, fruit juices -particularly citrus ones- like lemon and orange contain natural acids which when consumed excessively, are harmful to your teeth. Also, sports diet drinks contain high amounts of acids and sugars and have the potential of causing dental erosion and decay.

Saliva flow: Caffeine, certain medications, aging and stress all contribute to lower saliva flow, thus weakens the protection layer of saliva and causes dental wear.

Excessive forces on teeth like grinding and clenching habits leads to tooth erosion.

Gastric disorders: gastric reflux is a digestive disorder that occurs when acid stomach juices come up into the mouth. This also has a major role in tooth wear. People suffering from hiatal hernia or esophageal problems may also suffer from dental erosion due to excessive vomiting.

Excessive alcohol consumption: alcohol decreases saliva flow and creates grastroesophagical problems, causing an acidic environment in your mouth, leaving the enamel of your teeth eroded and prone to cavities and wear.

Eating disorders like bulimia involve vomiting as a compensating act. The acid present of human vomit damages the enamel.

Symptoms

In the earlier stages you can feel:

  • Sensitivity and pain when eating hot, cold, sugary/ acidic food/drinks.
  • Discolouration/yellowing of the teeth exposing the underneath dentine.
  • Teeth edges are round, losing their anatomical structure.
  • Thinning/transparency on the edges of the tooth.

Whereas in advanced stages:

  • There can be extreme pain and sensitivity.
  • Rough, uneven/Cracks edges of  tooth enamel.
  • Little dents/cups like appearance on the biting area of the tooth.

Treatment

Dental erosion does not always need a treatment. However, it is crucial that by having good oral hygiene you prevent its associated issues like dental decay. Remember that the protective layer of your teeth is weak or even loss, leaving them prone to decay and wear. Therefore, it is recommendable to use fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwash can greatly help the remineralization process of the tooth.

Regular check-ups and dental guidance can also help you to prevent further tooth damage. During the regular check-ups, the dentist analyzes the cause of your eroded teeth by asking you in detail about dietary habits and lifestyle changes. Thus, the dentist will find the best treatment for rebuilding your worn teeth, and will present to you a variety of techniques that better suit your budget.

Some techniques to protect eroded teeth from decay and sensitivity are:

  • Bonded composite fillings in the eroded area of the affected tooth will be enough to repair it.
  • Veneers, caps or crowns are considered in more severe cases, or when a ful oral rehabilitation is needed.

Don’t be too worried about the cost. Costs will vary, depending on the type of treatment you need. Your dentist can help further the  detailed information of  treatment and payment.

    Here are a number of tips you can do to prevent erosion:

    • Rinse your mouth using fluoride containing  mouthwashes.
    • Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and soft bristled brush  after every meal and also before bedtime. Nighttime brushing and flossing are considered to be the most important of the day.
    • Reduce the consumption of acidic foods, fizzy drinks or sodas. If you crave one, try and have it with a meal to reduce the number and frequency of the acid attacks in your mouth, or rinse your mouth immediately after having them.
    • Avoid  holding the drinks in your mouth for a long time. Use a straw to help the drinks go directly to the back of your mouth without involving your teeth.
    • Avoid too much snacking and drinking during the day. Look for low/no sugar drinks. Water is the best option.
    • Eat healthy food.

    Broken Tooth

    Chipped or broken teeth are very common and are more likely as you grow older.

    Bruxism

    Bruxism is characterised by the clenching/grinding of the teeth due to repetitive jaw-muscle activity

    Cracked Tooth Syndrome

    A broken tooth that doesn’t necessarily look broken.

    Crowded Teeth

    Crowded teeth occur when the size of your jaw is not accommodating to the size of your teeth.

    Dead Tooth

    It may surprise you, but teeth do actually have living tissues.

    Dental Anxiety

    Dental anxiety is quite common and there are ways that it can be managed.

    Dental Erosion

    Dental erosion can be defined as the irreversible loss of tooth enamel caused by acids   without involving bacteria.

    Dry Socket

    Dry socket also known as Alveolar Osteitis, is a common complication associated with tooth extractions.

    Failing Old Silver Filling

    Older filling also known as amalgam filling, have been used over years and are still being used today.

    Gingivitis

    In simpler terms, it is an inflammatory disease of the gingiva.

    Gum Disease

    Gum disease is treatable and can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene

    Gum Recession

    Gum recession occurs when the tissues around the teeth start to recede/pull back.

    Halitosis

    Halitosis is an unpleasant odour emitted from the mouth.

    Impacted Wisdom Teeth

    Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are located at the back of the mouth

    Missing Teeth

    Missing teeth can make you self conscious and stop you from smiling often.

    Sensitive Teeth

    A common dental condition that involves discomfort  and pain when exposed to certain foods and temperatures.

    Snoring

    A partially obstructed airway during sleep causes parts of the throat or nose to vibrate as the air passes through a narrowed airway.

    TMJ Dysfunction

    Temporomandibular joint dysfunctions are a group of disorders affecting the masticatory system.

    Tooth Brush Abrasion

    Tooth brush abrasion  is the most common cause of dental abrasion.

    Tooth Decay

    These damaged areas can eventually form into holes or tiny openings.

    Toothache

    Toothache, or dental pain, is the most frequent oral pathology

    Yellow / Discoloured Teeth

    Tooth discoloration/yellow tooth is an abnormal colour of the tooth, is one of the common dental conditions for any age grouped people.

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