What Does Tooth Erosion Do to My Teeth?

Enamel erosion can be caused by different things, from consuming acidic foods to grinding your teeth. At our Westmount Dental Clinic, our dental team can help you understand how to combat tooth erosion and keep your smile healthy.

Signs of Erosion

Signs and symptoms of tooth erosion may include:

Tooth sensitivity—As the enamel on your teeth erodes, you may feel twinges of pain when you consume hot and cold foods and beverages or sweets. In the later stages of erosion, your teeth may become extremely sensitive and more painful.

Discoloration—At more advanced stages of enamel erosion, the dentin of your teeth is exposed, which can make them appear discolored or yellow.

Chips and cracks in teeth—Erosion caused by grinding and clenching can often cause the edges of your teeth to become jagged and rough, and even lead to cracks and fractures in teeth.

Pits and notches in teeth—When erosion occurs on the cusp tips of teeth, it eventually penetrates to the dentin, which wears at a faster rate than enamel. These indentations caused by erosion are more common on back teeth such as molars.

Treating Enamel Erosion

Erosion makes teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities, which can lead to painful toothaches, infection and costly dental treatment.  That’s why it’s vital to visit your Westmount dental clinic every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. Your hygienist and dentist know the signs and symptoms of tooth erosion and can advise you on how to best prevent and treat your condition.

The treatment of erosion depends on its causes and severity of wear.  Bonding, white composite fillings, crowns and veneers are all used to protect teeth from erosion. Your dentist at your Westmount dental clinic may also recommend fluoride treatment and the use of a fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. If erosion is mild, they may just keep an eye on it and give you recommendations to prevent further erosion.

Practicing a good oral hygiene routine, cutting down on acidic foods and drinks and wearing a mouthguard for grinding and clenching can all help protect your teeth from erosion.