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Tooth Wear Belmont WA

The tooth enamel is actually the human body’s hardest substance. It is highly mineralised and non-living, compared to bone and dentin which are living tissues.

Tooth enamel is resistant to wear and chemical attack, as it should be to be given what your teeth do daily: bite, chew and come in contact with acidic foods and drinks.

But when tooth wear becomes noticeable or significant, intervention may be necessary to keep your bite functioning properly and protect your teeth.

Types of Tooth Wear

There are 3 types of tooth wear: abrasion, attrition and erosion. Sometimes, it is difficult to determine the type of tooth wear present because different types often occur altogether.

  1. Abrasion: Physical wear of the teeth caused by anything other than tooth to tooth contact, e.g. overzealous or inappropriate toothbrushing, repeated use of a toothpick or placing hairpins between the teeth.
  2. Attrition: Loss of tooth structure due to tooth-to-tooth contact, such as teeth grinding.
  3. Dental erosion: Wearing away of tooth enamel due to the presence of harmful acids in the mouth.
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Treatment for Tooth Wear

Patients with abfraction or abrasion can have a filling placed on the side of the tooth over the damaged area to help protect against continued wear, although it may not be medically necessary.

Alternatively, you may choose to have fluoride applied at your six-month preventive care appointments or use a fluoride-containing toothpaste to help with sensitivity.

Your Belmont WA dentist will also continue monitoring the site of tooth wear to make sure it doesn’t worsen.

Your enamel won’t grow back, but not all is lost!

Take necessary preventive measures to preserve your smile. Knowing how to care for your teeth and practising good habits recommended by your dental professionals can help your smile last a lifetime!

Tooth Wear Treatment in Belmont WA

Lost tooth structure may need to be replaced for your bite to function properly and your teeth to look great once again.

Depending on the condition, this can be done with dental bonding, veneers, or crowns. Modern dentistry at Epsom Dental Care can restore the normal shape, appearance and function of worn teeth — beautifully and successfully!

If you want to know more about our tooth wear treatments in Belmont WA, please contact us today at (08) 9478 2349.

We are located at 5/132 Epsom Ave in Belmont WA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tooth wear?
Tooth wear is the loss of tooth structure that can make your teeth appear shorter or less than they used to be.
What are the symptoms of tooth wear?
One sign of tooth wear is the loss of the surface of the tooth, leading to a smooth, shiny appearance. This can make any exposed tooth root (dentine) sensitive to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks.
Are sports drinks safe?
Many sports drinks contain ingredients that promote tooth wear as well as decay. However, it is important for athletes to avoid dehydration because this can lead to a dry mouth and bad breath.

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