How our dentists measure and treat tooth erosion

Your teeth are intended to last a lifetime. However, there are many conditions and situations that can arise over the years that can cause problems to the teeth, gums, and bone. One of these common concerns is that of tooth erosion.

Understanding tooth erosion

The team at Taylor Street Dental describe tooth erosion as the reduction of natural tooth enamel from the surface of a natural tooth. Tooth erosion is different than cavities, which are actually areas of tooth decay that require different treatment. Tooth erosion is often caused by:

  • Bruxism (grinding and clenching of the teeth)
  • Increasing levels of daily stress
  • Dry mouth (reduced flow of saliva)
  • Bulimia
  • Acid reflux
  • Consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Genetics
  • Specific prescription medications

It is also vital that patients spot tooth erosion in the earliest stages to protect the smile and seek treatment. Some signs of tooth erosion include:

  • Lost or loose fillings
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pitted or flattened chewing surfaces
  • Changing shape of natural teeth
  • Darkening of the tooth enamel
  • Translucent/thin anterior teeth

How is tooth erosion measured?

Tooth erosion is often spotted by a dentist during a routine evaluation. The amount of erosion on one tooth will be compared to the appearance of the other teeth. This can help the dentist determine if the surfaces of the teeth have eroded, and if so, by how much. Erosion occurs to a natural tooth and cannot be reversed, so it is important that patients work with their dentist to not only spot the problem in the earliest stages, but to seek an effective treatment to thicken the teeth and protect them from further damage.

Speak with our team about your oral health and wellness

If you live in the Springfield, MA area and are concerned about your oral health and wellness, contact the team at Taylor Street Dental to discuss your needs. We are committed to providing patients with the care they need and assessing concerns such as tooth erosion. Call (413) 781-7645 to request an appointment at our facility, located on the fourth floor at 41 Taylor Street. Our providers are here to help new and current patients and families.

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