Dr. Erin Bang-Crooks will examine your teeth for dental erosion during your regular dental exams. If your teeth are suffering from this condition, our dentist and team will thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss your overall health to determine the cause of the erosion and the extent of the damage. We will then be able to create a treatment plan to restore your oral health and help you regain a healthy smile. To learn more about acid erosion treatment in Alpharetta, Georgia, and to schedule a consultation at Ivy Dentistry, contact us today at 770-619-2909.
Dental erosion, also known as tooth erosion, occurs when your teeth are exposed to acids not derived from the bacteria in your mouth. These acids then attack your tooth enamel, eventually causing it to wear away. There are several factors which may contribute to tooth erosion, including:
- Diet — foods such as citric fruits, candy, wine and other sugar-heavy foods create a more acidic environment in your mouth.
- A habit of tooth grinding (bruxism)
- Frequent vomiting
- Medical and hereditary conditions, such as acid reflux, dry mouth or certain genetic conditions
- Smoking or the use of other tobacco products
Common symptoms of tooth erosion include:
- Tooth pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Rough edges or shiny spots on the teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Teeth which appear clear or slightly translucent
When it comes to treating tooth erosion, the best option is to practice good oral hygiene and receive regular preventive care from our dentist and team. This will greatly reduce the risk of decay and erosion occurring, and it also ensures that if you do develop tooth erosion, it will be diagnosed early. The earlier tooth erosion is diagnosed and treated, the more likely it is that you will experience only minimal damage. Our dentist may recommend several different options depending on your needs and the extent of the damage already done to your teeth. Some of the options Dr. Bang-Crooks may recommend include:
- Changes to your diet or lifestyle, such as limiting sodas, citric fruits and candy
- Using a fluoridated gel or toothpaste to help fortify your tooth enamel.
- Dental crowns or veneers for more severely damaged teeth
We will carefully examine your mouth and discuss your treatment options with you to find the right solution for your needs.
If you have any questions about acid erosion treatments or would like to make your appointment, call our office today and speak with a member of our team.