Not just confined to older patients, teens and young adults are also vulnerable, as we lose tooth enamel to modern living.
Tooth Wear Affects Quality of Life
Worn teeth create major issues for patients. The effects range from mild sensitivity, to difficulty eating and facial collapse. We often see patients when pain, broken teeth or concerns about appearance prompt a consultation. There is often a loss of confidence as teeth shorten, the smile disappears and the patient becomes self-conscious.
Dr Andrea Shepperson is part of a global team trained in Digital Smile Design(DSD). See how colleagues at the Top Master office in Brazil used DSD to create an emotional transformation in a case of tooth wear in a young woman.
Managing tooth wear requires more from your dentist – empathy, vision, engineering, design and artistry, precision, communication and compassion.
What Causes Tooth Wear and Erosion?
Tooth wear occurs when teeth lose their hard outer shell, exposing a soft inner layer. It can be caused by a variety of factors:
Acid Erosion: Modern diets are high in food acids which readily dissolve teeth. Gastric reflux also has a major role to play in tooth wear. Acid from the stomach bubbles into the mouth, often during sleep, and causes teeth to rapidly dissolve.
Dry Mouth: Caffeine, medication, aging and stress all contribute to lower saliva flow, creating Dry Mouth syndrome. Saliva helps protect teeth from acid erosion.
Grinding and Clenching: Excessive forces on teeth, caused by stress, medication and some recreational drugs can cause grinding habits.
How Can You Treat Tooth Wear & Acid Erosion
At City Dental we are trained and experienced in recognising tooth wear and offering a range of solutions. These include detailed analysis of the cause, guidance on lifestyle changes, reparative products and rebuilding worn teeth with a variety of techniques to suit all budgets.
Dr Andrea Shepperson has advanced training in anti-aging dentistry and rebuilding worn bites. A Graduate and Mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle, she has restored many worn mouths and lectures internationally on Dental Erosion and Tooth Wear.
Dr Mark Taylor has completed many rehabilitations of worn mouths and our hygiene team are skilled in a comprehensive diagnostic and preventative approach.
What Does Erosion & Tooth Wear Look like?
Erosion creates enamel loss on either front or back teeth, or both. The result is exposure of yellow dentine, creating sensitive areas that cause pain. Sometimes just a colour change to more yellow teeth, or the development of thin, transparent edges can be a sign.
To help you recognise erosion, and see how we treat tooth wear, we’ve put together some examples.