Tooth wear is not normal. Three causes for tooth wear have been identified: Acid erosion which appears as grooving or dishing of the biting surface of your teeth. The risk factors for acid erosion are: Chronic dry mouth. Chronic vomiting or “GERD” (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Diet – sports drinks, soft drinks, candies, citrus fruits. Environment – certain acidic work places, swimming pools. Bite wear which appears as shortening or thinning of your teeth. The risk factors for bite wear are:
The first step in addressing tooth wear is to have your dentist evaluate your individual risk factors and customize an appropriate management protocol for you. Your tooth wear management protocol may include: Diagnosing and managing chronic dry mouth. Diagnosing and treating conditions related to chronic vomiting and GERD. Customized dietary counseling. Diagnosing and treating an unbalanced bite. Making a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding. Mineral applications to your teeth such as fluoride to harden the notched surfaces. Customized
Other than impacting the way you look, untreated tooth wear may lead to the nerve of your tooth being exposed. When this occurs, the affected tooth will require root canal treatment to save it. If tooth wear remains untreated, it can lead to the tooth becoming damaged to the extent it must be removed.