The outermost layer of the teeth is called the enamel, which protects the inner structures of the teeth. When the enamel weakens or wears away, as is the case with tooth erosion, the health and strength of the tooth is compromised, and the inner structures become vulnerable to decay. Restorative dentistry treatments can protect and strengthen teeth that have been damaged by enamel erosion. Dr. Toni Sartini offers a range of tooth erosion treatments at our Palmyra, IN practice so that we can meet the specific needs of patients and provide them with a stronger, healthier smile.
What Is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is a condition in which a tooth’s protective layer of enamel becomes worn or damaged. As opposed to tooth decay, which is caused by a build up of plaque and tartar, this condition occurs due to prolonged exposure to acidic substances or excessive wear and tear of the teeth. Some symptoms that may develop in patients suffering from tooth erosion include the following:
Increased tooth sensitivity
Tooth discoloration (the teeth are more likely to appear gray or yellow as the inner dentin is exposed)
Cupping, or indentations in the teeth
Chips or cracks in the teeth
If any of these symptoms are present, patients should have the teeth examined as soon as possible so that necessary treatment can be provided.
Tooth Erosion Treatment
As tooth erosion continues to break down healthy tooth enamel, the risk of oral health complications increases. Tooth erosion treatment not only stops the progression of this condition, but also restores the strength and health of the tooth by once again surrounding it with a protective layer of enamel. Below are some of the treatment options most commonly offered to patients experiencing tooth erosion.
Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored dental compound directly to the surface of the teeth where erosion has occurred. The dental compound hardens and bonds with the tooth in order to strengthen areas that have been worn down by erosion. This is a simple and affordable procedure that is useful in treating minor cases of tooth erosion.
Inlays and onlays: Inlays and onlays are more appropriate for moderate to severe cases of tooth erosion. They are created in a dental lab and are bonded to the biting surface of the molars to replace lost tooth enamel.
Dental crowns: For advanced cases of tooth decay, there is no better treatment option than a dental crown. During dental crown treatment, the tooth is reshaped. The entire tooth is then capped with a dental crown, which encases the tooth to protect it on all sides.
Tooth erosion weakens the teeth and makes patients more vulnerable to more serious oral health problems. Fortunately, there are many restorative dental services that can address this problem to restore the health and strength of the teeth. To learn more about the tooth erosion treatments offered by Dr. Toni Sartini, contact us at your earliest convenience.