As you age, it’s completely natural for your tooth enamel to slowly wear down. Similar to age spots on the face, your teeth can also develop spotting and stains as you mature. At the age of 30, the average adult will have lost about a millimeter from their front teeth due to the friction caused just by everyday chewing. Unfortunately, an increasing number of older adults are experiencing excessive wear beyond what’s considered normal. This can lead to a number of problems, tooth sensitivity to an unattractive smile.
If you suspect you may be suffering from worn teeth, it’s best to address this problem sooner rather than later. The doctors at Dental Made Easy are experts at restoring and repairing the teeth and are trusted by many to do so. Here’s a closer look at worn teeth, common causes, how you can prevent wear, and treatment options your Dental Made Easy dentist may recommend.
Common Causes of Excessive Tooth Wear
- Acidic Foods and Beverages: When foods with high acidity are consumed in excess amounts or just over the years your enamel becomes weaker. Common acidic foods include soda, orange juice, processed foods, tomato sauce/ketchup, and fatty dairy like cheese and whole milk.
- Grinding and Clenching: Many people tend to grind or clench their teeth when they are anxious or stressed without even being aware of it. The friction of grinding the teeth together can cause the wear down of enamel. Clenching can even lead to micro cracks in the tooth enamel over time.
- Physical Abrasion: Just like how sandpaper wears away at wood, chewing on hard items like fingernails and pen caps can slowly take away the enamel on your teeth. Brushing with an overly stiff or tough brush can also cause abrasions.
Problems Caused By Worn Teeth
- Sensitivity: sharp pain in the teeth when eating something either extremely cold or extremely hot.
- Yellow Teeth: As your enamel wears away and becomes thinner, the dentin (layer beneath the white layer of your teeth) starts showing through, causing a yellow appearance.
- Difficulty Biting and Chewing: Bite misalignment that results from excessive tooth wear can also make it harder to bite into items like apples and carrots. Chewing can become a problem when teeth no longer fit together as they should.
- Headaches and Jaw Aches: When your teeth are badly worn down, they don’t always come together properly. This misalignment in your bite can cause strain in your jaw which can translate to headaches.
Treatment Options for Wear on the Teeth
- Dental Bonding: Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the edge of your teeth. The composite will cover the worn surfaces, improving the appearance of your teeth and also addressing any bite alignment and sensitivity issues you may be experiencing. Dental bonding is usually the best option for minor to moderate enamel erosion in isolated spots.
- Crowns: If certain teeth are very badly worn on several surfaces, your dentist may recommend covering those teeth with crowns. A crown is typically made from porcelain or composite resin. It covers the entire tooth, helping to stop any chips or cracks from spreading while protecting the tooth from additional enamel damage.
Your Dental Health
When it comes to your health, trust in the dentists at Dental Made Easy. Dental Made Easy has the best dental practices in New York City and we are open on Sundays as well as late evenings. All of our dental offices are opened and accepting new patients at this time. We are rated among the top dental practices in New York, NY with numerous 5 star reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook. For a teeth cleaning or exam, we recommend calling or booking an appointment online with one of our talented dental professionals. All new patients may also take advantage of our $149 Cleaning Special that includes an exam and x-rays or our Free Dental Implant Consultation Special.
To set up your appointment give us a call at (844) 979-EASY (3279). We have offices in Briarwood, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Mineola. Walk-ins welcomed, we take emergencies and we are open on late nights to accommodate patients with a busy schedule. We hope to see you soon!