Dental erosion is a common but damaging dental problem caused by wear to the tooth enamel. The enamel is the top layer of the tooth that can become eroded over time. Some of the most prevalent causes of dental erosion are teeth grinding, chronic acid reflux (GERD), and foods and drinks with high acidity. Dr. Benjamin Stevens treats patients with dental erosion at Beautiful Smiles in Greenwood, IN. He examines his patient’s smiles to determine the best treatment option to match their specific needs.
The Different Treatment Options for Dental Erosion
Worn and damaged teeth can be treated using one or more of these dental methods:
- Dental Crowns: Tooth crowns are porcelain ceramic caps that can cover an extensive area of tooth damage. We recommend dental crowns for patients who have wear to the surface of their tooth enamel. Dr. Stevens can also provide same-day dental crowns. Patients with erosion from GERD, teeth grinding, or acidic foods and beverages benefit from the support that dental crowns offer.
- Porcelain Veneers: Our porcelain dental veneers can cover the front of the teeth to cosmetically enhance their appearance. Dental veneers are a great option for patients who have tooth erosion from acidic substances. One added benefit of dental veneers is that they reflect light and may be color-matched to natural teeth.
- TMJ Treatment: Patients who clench or grind their teeth may require TMJ treatment. The most common cause of teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, is TMJ disorders. These disorders occur when the temporomandibular joints which control the lower jaw are injured or under stress. Some patients may grind their teeth at night, wearing down their tooth enamel without even knowing it. If Dr. Stevens or one of his dentists notices any signs of teeth grinding, he will recommend you to a specialist.
Contact Our Dental Office
Have you noticed areas of your mouth where your teeth are worn down? Call Beautiful Smiles at (317) 886-4512 or request a dental consultation with Dr. Stevens on his website. Let Dr. Stevens know if you have any remaining questions. He will be happy to help you.