Protect Tooth Enamel with Tooth Erosion Treatment
By Stephen Rogers on April 04, 2014
The teeth are protected by a very strong layer of enamel. This enamel is meant to endure a lot of wear and tear associated with everyday oral functions. However, despite its strength, the enamel on the teeth is vulnerable to damage from outside sources or from the wearing down that results from aging. Tooth erosion, the condition in which the outer layer of enamel begins to wear away, can weaken the teeth and heighten tooth sensitivity, causing discomfort to patients. While tooth enamel will not grow back once it has been damaged or lost, our cosmetic dentists can restore strength and function to the teeth by offering our Long Island patients tooth erosion treatment.
What Causes Tooth Erosion?
In many cases, tooth erosion is simply a side effect of aging. After long years of chewing, eating, and being exposed to acidic foods and beverages, it is natural for the teeth to begin to weaken as enamel slowly wears away. However, there are also many cases in which younger patients suffer from tooth erosion. In these cases, there are usually extenuating circumstances that have caused the tooth enamel to erode away. Some of the factors that will increase the likelihood of tooth erosion include the following:
- Excessive exposure to acidic foods and beverages such as citrus fruits, coffee, soda, and fruit drinks
- Gastrointestinal conditions that frequently introduce stomach acids to the mouth
- The prolonged use of certain medications
- Dry mouth, a condition in which the mouth fails to produce an ample amount of saliva
- Oral habits such as teeth grinding, clenching, or nail biting, which put excessive pressure on the teeth
- Aggressive tooth brushing
Treating Tooth Erosion
Unfortunately, enamel is not a material that the body can build more of, so once tooth erosion has occurred, the natural tooth enamel is gone for good. While there are products available that can help to strengthen remaining enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity for those who have experienced tooth erosion, the best way to protect the teeth from discomfort and further damage is through professional tooth erosion treatment. At Greater Long Island Dental, we offer restorative dentistry treatments that build up and protect teeth that have been damaged by tooth erosion. Dental crowns are a common treatment for patients who have a tooth or teeth that have been significantly weakened by erosion. A dental crown replaces lost enamel and encases the natural tooth to provide protection from further damage. In instances when a tooth has been weakened to the point that it can no longer be saved, we can provide restorative treatments such dental bridges and dental implants, which can replace lost teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
At Greater Long Island Dental, we understand that each of our patients is unique, which is why we tailor our dental treatments to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual. If you are seeking treatment for tooth erosion or another oral condition, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you achieve your personal oral health goals.
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