Flat, worn teeth can make your smile look older than it is. It can also result in damage to fillings, crowns, or other types of dental treatment. Even though it’s normal to experience gradual wear over time, accelerated tooth wear is a serious cause for alarm.
What causes rapid tooth wear?
If teeth are crooked or out of place, they will disrupt the natural biting pattern of the mouth. What this does is cause irregular patterns of use on the affected tooth, making it work harder than it is supposed to. Over time, the affected tooth will begin to wear down from irregular use. Discussing tooth alignment options is the best way to prevent this from happening.
Grinding and Clenching
Chronic grinding of the teeth can cause enamel to abrade itself and wear down not only itself, but the opposite tooth as well. These teeth will usually appear flattened on the cusp tips, or along the front of the mouth. Even though tooth enamel is extremely strong, its overuse will always lead to wear patterns and structural changes. Wearing a bite splint at night or throughout stressful periods of the day can prevent excessive grinding and clenching from harming the teeth. It can also help prevent subsequent TMJ related disorders caused by bruxism.
Health and Diet
Factors like acid reflux disease or an acidic diet can lead to rampant enamel erosion. Not only does this etch away tooth enamel, it also makes the tooth more susceptible to wear because of the weakened structure.
Are you starting to see your teeth wear away but don’t know what’s causing it? Schedule a quick exam with your dentist to get the answers you need, before it’s too late.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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