Enamel Erosion: What Are the Causes and Treatment Options?
By on February 10, 2015
Most of us hope that good oral hygiene habits and regular trips to the dentist will maintain a strong, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Unfortunately, while these habits are extremely beneficial, few patients are able to maintain the strength of their teeth without some type of restorative dental treatment at one point or another. The teeth are simply exposed to too many outside factors that can compromise their structure. With general dentistry services such as dental exams and cleanings, patients can become aware of oral health problems and undergo needed dental treatment. This is often the case with tooth erosion, a condition in which tooth enamel is worn down and damaged by abrasion, attrition, or an overly acidic oral environment. Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers his Clarksville patients tooth erosion treatment to rebuild tooth structure that has been lost to erosion, so that patients can enjoy a stronger, healthier smile.
Treating Tooth Erosion
As is the case with any oral health problem, the symptoms and severity of tooth erosion will vary from patient to patient. In order to meet the unique needs of each of his patients, Dr. Ribeiro offers a wide range of restorative dental treatments, each of which may be appropriate to treat cases of tooth erosion. Below are some of the treatment options that may be considered when a patients is suffering from tooth erosion:
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding is a minimally invasive tooth erosion treatment and is usually used to treat minor cases. If erosion is not severe and is limited to just a small area of the tooth, this composite material can strengthen and protect the damaged tooth to restore oral functions.
- Inlays or onlays: An indirect dental filling (inlay or onlay) can adequately restore the biting surface of a tooth that has experienced moderate to advanced stages of tooth erosion. Just as is the case with tooth decay, these restorations replace tooth enamel that has been lost or damaged and add a layer of strength and protection to the remaining tooth structure.
- Dental crown: For severe cases of tooth erosion, a dental crown is a patient’s best treatment option. A dental crown completely encases the tooth so that it is restored and protected on all sides. These dental restorations improve tooth strength and function while maintaining the appearance of the smile.
When it comes to tooth erosion treatment, the ultimate goal is to maintain and protect healthy tooth enamel, while rebuilding the tooth structure that has been lost to erosion. Dr. Ribeiro will offer patients whatever form of treatment that he feels will best meet their goals.
Schedule an Appointment
Routine dental care is a patient’s greatest tool in maintaining good oral health and receiving early treatment for dental problems. If you are looking for an experienced and caring dentist to maintain the health of your teeth, you will find what you are looking for with Dr. Robert C. Ribeiro. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our dental services. We look forward to hearing from you!
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“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed