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Repairing Teeth that Have Been Damaged by Erosion

By Kenneth Malament on February 16, 2015

Gentleman with strong, white teethAt Boston Prosthodontics, our experienced dentists are prepared to assist patients with whatever oral health problems may arise. We offer family dentistry services that allow patients to preserve oral health and restore teeth that have been weakened or damaged. One of the biggest threats to the health and structure of the teeth is tooth erosion due to an over exposure of acid. Acid can be introduced to the teeth in the form of soft drinks, wine, fruits, or even stomach bile. If the pH balance of the mouth becomes overly acidic, the teeth will suffer as healthy tooth enamel breaks down and wears away. Teeth that have been compromised in this way become more vulnerable to other oral health problems and are likely to feel painful and sensitive. For all of these reasons, we find it important to offer our Boston patients tooth erosion treatments that rebuild and strengthen teeth that have been damaged by erosion.

Treatment Options

When it comes to restoring the teeth, we always consider several treatment options. We understand that oral health problems affect each patient differently and it is important to us to provide treatment that is customized to those unique needs. In the case of tooth erosion, we will find a treatment that is suited to which area(s) of the tooth have been damaged by erosion, as well as how far the erosion has progressed. Below are some treatment options that may be considered for tooth erosion:

  • Dental bonding: In very minor cases of erosion, dental bonding may be an appropriate treatment. During this procedure, a tooth-colored compound will be applied and shaped to the area of the tooth that has been worn down. This bonding compound is hardened to the tooth and provides it with a layer of strength and protection.
  • Dental filling: For moderate cases of tooth erosion we may use either a direct filling or an indirect filling (inlays and onlays) to replace portions of tooth enamel that have eroded away. Dental fillings can replace a significant portion of tooth enamel and seal off the tooth to offer it further protection from acid and bacteria.
  • Dental crown: A dental crown is ideal for advanced stages of tooth erosion, especially when the tooth has been eroded on all sides. Also known as a “cap,” a dental crown sits over the tooth and encloses it so that it is sealed and protected. A dental crown replaces enamel that has been damaged by erosion and restores the strength and aesthetics of the tooth.
  • Porcelain veneers: In some cases, porcelain veneers may be able to repair teeth that have been damaged by erosion. If the tooth erosion is present only of the facial surface of the tooth (or teeth) than porcelain crowns can enhance the cosmetics of the tooth while addressing tooth erosion.

Schedule an Appointment

When tooth decay or erosion occurs, no matter how minor, it is important to treat the teeth to protect them from more serious dental complications. If you are looking for restorative dentistry care of the highest quality, look no further than Boston Prosthodontics. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive dental services. We look forward to hearing from you!

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