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Tooth Wear Attrition and Erosion

Aesthetic & Family Dentistry located in Miami, FL

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Tooth Wear Attrition and Erosion services offered in Miami, FL

Tooth wear attrition and erosion is a natural result of aging but can be accelerated by habits like teeth grinding. At Doral Dental Boutique & Spa, the office of Evelyn Estefan, DDS, the team determines the cause of your attrition and erosion and offers solutions to prevent wearing away of the enamel. Call the office in Miami, Florida, to set up your appointment, or use the online tool to book.

Tooth Wear Attrition and Erosion Q & A

What is tooth wear attrition and erosion?

Tooth wear attrition and erosion is the loss of tooth structure or tissue, usually caused by teeth wearing or grinding against each other. Some attrition is normal as you age, but if you experience it at a rate that’s more rapid than normal, it could indicate larger dental problems.

When left untreated, tooth wear attrition and erosion can cause the tooth’s enamel to wear away. This exposes the inner dentin of the teeth, making them sensitive to hot and cold food and beverages. The worn away enamel also makes the teeth more vulnerable to decay. 

What causes tooth wear attrition and erosion?

Bruxism is a common cause of tooth wear attrition and erosion. Overnight teeth grinding and teeth clenching can also happen during waking hours. 

When you grind your teeth, it places undue pressure on the structures. You may experience sleep apnea and temporomandibular jaw soreness as well. 

Bite misalignments can also cause tooth wear attrition and erosion. Misaligned teeth can rub together unnaturally, wearing away the tooth surface and enamel. 

What are the signs of tooth wear attrition and erosion?

The Doral Dental Boutique & Spa team may notice signs of attrition at your regular checkups, such as loss of tooth structure and changes in tooth shape. Despite good at-home hygiene habits, you may also feel tooth sensitivity and decay. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Sore gums
  • Damage to fillings and other restorations
  • Tooth discoloration

When left untreated, tooth attrition can lead to loose or lost teeth.

How do you treat tooth wear attrition and erosion?

Dr. Estefan recommends treatment for tooth wear attrition and erosion depending on the cause. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, she will recommend a customized night guard to prevent the teeth from rubbing together and causing abnormal wear. 

Misaligned teeth that are causing attrition may require a customized smile design that includes bonding and minor orthodontic treatments. Dr. Estefan works with you to help you achieve a healthy, pain-free smile.

Call Doral Dental Boutique & Spa today to get help with tooth wear attrition and erosion. Alternatively, use this website to set up your appointment online. . 

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