How is tooth erosion measured by a dentist?
- Posted on: Jan 30 2021
The wearing of the natural tooth structure, called the enamel, needs to be monitored closely as it can impact one’s oral health. Wearing of the dental enamel is known in the dental community as “tooth erosion,” and can cause a host of concerns for patients. It is important that a dentist monitor a patient’s tooth erosion and help them take steps in avoiding further damage.
What causes tooth erosion?
There are many reasons why a patient might experience tooth erosion. Tooth erosion can be caused by:
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
- Acid reflux and gastrointestinal problems
- Dry mouth, or low salivary flow
- Consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages
- Increased stress levels (causing bruxism)
- Specific pharmaceuticals
How is dental erosion measured?
Dr. Nancy Gill will measure the amount of tooth enamel first by comparing it with the other teeth. If one or more teeth are more worn down than others, this indicates possible erosion. She will also look for other signs, such as routine filling lost, pitted or flattened teeth, or a patient’s increased sensitivity that is not caused by cavities. The thinning of the natural tooth enamel makes the teeth more sensitive because there is less protection around the inner canals where the dental pulp houses the nerves. Patients with tooth erosion might also have changing shape to the their teeth, or notice yellowing or darkening of a tooth due to the dissolving enamel. These signs may indicate an issue.
How is dental erosion addressed?
There are different ways to address tooth erosion depending on the tooth it is impacting and the severity. Tooth erosion may be addressed with composite resin bonding or the placement of a dental crown. If the erosion is on the front teeth, the tooth might be covered with a porcelain veneer for both protection and aesthetics.
Call Golden Dental Solutions today!
Golden, Colorado area patients considering a comprehensive dental practice are strongly encouraged to speak to our dentist, Dr. Nancy Gill, about the solutions available for general dentistry. Her facility is located at 1218 Arapahoe Street and can be reached by phone at (303) 277-9600. Call today to request a consultation appointment.
Posted in: General Dentistry Services