Dental Abrasions whittier CA

Dental Abrasions

Treatment for Dental Abrasions in Whittier, CA

Over time, our teeth can start to show signs of wear and tear. This wear is called a dental abrasion. These abrasions may start to look unattractive as time progresses, which can negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem. They can, at times, also become uncomfortable.

Dentists of Whittier provide dental abrasion treatments to increase your comfort and make sure that you’re ready to share your smile with the world.

WHAT ARE DENTAL ABRASIONS?

Dental abrasions are irregular wear in the enamel of a tooth. Oftentimes, it presents as a V-shaped nick in the enamel at the gumline. Left untreated, dental abrasions can eventually cause serious oral complications, including gum tissue inflammation and damage, as well as nerve exposure.

What Are Some Signs You Have Dental Abrasions?

Besides the telltale V-shaped lesion in your enamel, other indicators you might have abrasions include:

  • Root surface decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth or gum infections
  • Teeth broken at the gumline
  • Sensitivity to food and drinks that are hot, sour, sweet, acidic, or cold

What Causes Dental Abrasion?

Tooth abrasion is caused by mechanical action, as opposed to enamel erosion (caused by acidic substances) or tooth attrition (bite surface wear from teeth grinding).

What type of external forces can contribute to abrasion?

  • Using a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Using a highly abrasive toothpaste
  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Biting your fingernails
  • Chewing hard objects (like pens)
  • Metal lip or tongue piercings (the metal can rub against the enamel and eventually wear it down)

It takes time for the enamel to wear away, so at first, you might not even notice it. But over time, you will start to notice a concavity or divot in the enamel at the gumline. You might also start to notice that your teeth look darker at the gumline since the second layer of the tooth (the dentin) is now exposed. Dentin is typically darker than the enamel.

Dental Abrasions  Whittier CA
Dental Abrasions Whittier CA

Why Should You Be Concerned About Dental Abrasions?

Enamel is one of the hardest substances on earth. In fact, it takes a laser or a handpiece (drill) with a diamond attachment to remove enamel during dental procedures. The enamel needs to be strong for multiple reasons:

  • Wear and tear: Your teeth handle a lot of pressure every time you chew food or grind your teeth. If the enamel wasn’t strong, your teeth would be so brittle that eating hard or crunchy food would cause them to eventually shatter.
  • Foods: In addition to the wear we put our teeth through, the foods we eat can also pose some harm. Sugars and acids can cause erosion and dental decay. A strong enamel layer helps prevent that from happening. Of course, eating lots of acidic, sugary foods can eventually lead to enamel erosion, but it takes a long time for that to happen since the enamel is so strong.
  • Protection: There are three layers to each tooth: enamel, dentin, and nerve tissue (pulp). The dentin is very porous. If exposed, decay can travel quickly through the dentin, and acidic foods can cause erosion very quickly. Once those things reach the pulp, it’s likely you’d need root canal treatment or an extraction as bacteria and acids can cause nerve inflammation, infection, and even death.

Weak enamel means your teeth are vulnerable. Once the enamel is gone – in the case of enamel abrasion – your teeth are even more vulnerable.

How Does a Whittier Dentist Treat Dental Abrasions?

There are a number of ways your Whittier dentist can treat abrasions, depending on the severity of your case.

  • Fluoride varnish: At the early stages of enamel wear, we can help strengthen the enamel with regular fluoride treatments. The fluoride also blocks the dentin tubules, so you experience less sensitivity.
  • Composite bonding: Using tooth-colored filling material, we can fill in the divots near the gumline where enamel has been lost. Doing this will improve the appearance of your teeth, help prevent food impaction and plaque build-up, and add structure/strength to the tooth.
  • Porcelain veneer: Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth. They can cover abrasions, chips, superficial cracks, and deep stains.
  • Dental crown: If enough tooth structure is missing, a dental crown may be indicated. We’d build up the tooth and then prepare it for a crown, which provides stability and support against wear and tear.
Dental Abrasions Whittier CA

Dentists of Whittier – Always Committed to Your Comfort

Treating dental abrasions isn’t just about improving the appearance of your teeth. Dental abrasions can cause tooth sensitivity, food impaction, and gum soreness. We don’t want you to have to deal with any of that. If you notice changes in your teeth, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your Whittier dentist as soon as possible.

Do you suspect you have dental abrasions? Contact us today so we can take action to prevent abrasion progression and complications.

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