Worn teeth occurs overtime as a part of the normal process, but when we see excessive wear occurring it can often be prevented. It can be attrition from teeth grinding, abrasion from hard brushing or erosion from teeth being present in a highly acidic environment. If worn teeth are left untreated they can lead to cosmetic and functional issues over time.
Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common cause of teeth wear, especially seen on the biting surfaces and is usually noticed more in patients who have a misaligned teeth and bite.
Brushing hard or using a hard bristled toothbrush and following an improper brushing method can cause damage to the teeth and cause receding gums.
Consumption of large quantities of acidic drinks like lime juice, energy drinks with high sugar and soft drinks can cause wear to the teeth. Reflux from stomach acids and use of recreational drugs can also erode teeth overtime.
Our team would like to know the reason for your teeth wear and tailor treatment best suited to your situation. This may include adopting a proper brushing method, changing the type of drinks or diet causing the teeth wear, wearing a night guard, straightening teeth and planning restorations for worn teeth with composite fillings and crowns or porcelain veneers.
Book an appointment online with our friendly team at The Dental Retreat to discuss treatment options.