Teeth have several layers of material. At the outermost point is enamel, an incredibly hard substance that has a thickness of only about 2.5 millimeters. Keeping enamel healthy and strong is crucial to oral health as a whole. It is this substance that provides the greatest protection against cavities and sensitivity. Enamel is also responsible for giving you a shiny, bright smile.
What is tooth wear?
When enamel gets worn down, we call it "wear." Tooth wear occurs for a number of reasons. People who grind or clench their teeth excessively, called bruxism, are at a greater risk for undue wear. One of the biggest causes we see today, however, is the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Studies show that after just one week of daily consumption of energy drinks, enamel begins to wear down. Imagine what happens after years of eating acidic foods or drinking carbonated drinks!
Often, there is very little indication that enamel has worn down. The problem is often not noticed until teeth have lost the extraordinary protection they once had. The smile may become dingy looking because underlying dentin material is darker than enamel. When this begins to show through, teeth look yellow and dull. Sensitivity may also occur, or an increased issue with cavities. To minimize these effects, we will recommend suitable treatment.
What is the process of having treatment to repair the toothwear?
We may treat tooth wear in one of a few ways:
- Tooth-coloured fillings
- Lifelike dental crowns
- Over dentures
Speak to your dentist and they will indicate which option is the best option for yourself. Often you may need a combination of treatments to combat the signs and effects of tooth wear.
What are the main benefits of treatment?
Cosmetic improvement is often the primary benefit of replacing worn enamel with a lifelike material like composite or porcelain. However, function will also improve. When tooth structure is optimal, you will find you are able to chew your food better and more comfortably.
Also, if tooth wear is giving you headaches and other muscle tenderness, harmonizing the teeth can also release the tension that has built up in overworked facial muscles.
Tooth wear may occur for several reasons. Whatever that may be, Sensational Smiles offers customized care that achieves long term results. 020 8629 1433.
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