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Treating Tooth Erosion to Restore Strength to the Teeth in Jefferson City

Tooth erosion and teeth strengthening treatment in Cole County, MO

Many patients are concerned about preventing tooth decay and its harmful effects. While tooth decay should be a concern for patients, bacteria and plaque (the causes of tooth decay) are not the only factors that can weaken and destroy the teeth. Tooth erosion is also a big problem for many of our patients at Central Dental Care. Tooth erosion destroys the protective enamel of the teeth and makes them susceptible to an array of oral health problems. Dr. Grundstrom Joost offers patients general dentistry services to preserve the strength of the teeth, as well as restorative treatments to rebuild the strength of teeth that have been damaged by erosion. Here we discuss with our Jefferson City patients tooth erosion causes and treatments that can be successful in restoring the smile.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?

Tooth erosion is a condition in which the hard, outer layer of the tooth begins to wear off or break down. This makes the teeth vulnerable to increased sensitivity and oral pain, and also increases the risk of decay or infection, because it exposes the inner layer of the tooth (the dentin). Tooth erosion can be caused by a number of different factors, which can be broken down into three categories: corrosion, attrition, and abrasion.

  • Corrosion: Corrosion is a chemical breaking down of the tooth enamel. This is most commonly caused by an uneven pH balance in the mouth. This is usually the result of over-exposure to acidic substances. Some foods and beverages that are high in acid include citrus fruits and juices, wine, and soft drinks. Certain medications can also throw off the pH balance of the mouth, as can some illnesses and eating disorders, which may frequently introduce stomach acids to the mouth.
  • Attrition: Attrition describes the breaking down of tooth enamel that occurs as the result of tooth-to-tooth contact. This often refers to friction between the teeth that is a result of bruxism, the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth.
  • Abrasion: Abrasion breaks down tooth enamel when outside forces but excessive pressure on the teeth. This may be the result of nail biting, chewing on hard, sticky objects, or brushing the teeth too aggressively.

Treating Tooth Erosion

In order to treat teeth that have been damaged by tooth erosion, Dr. Joost rebuilds the structure of the damaged teeth. There are many restorative treatment options to consider that will restore lost tooth enamel in order to improve the strength of the tooth and protect the inner layer of the tooth. Depending on the extent of damage that has taken place, Dr. Joost may treat tooth erosion with dental fillings, inlays and onlays, or dental crowns. Dr. Joost also offers endodontic treatment in the event that tooth erosion has resulted in a root canal infection.

Schedule an Appointment

In order to maintain a beautiful smile, it is important to preserve the health and strength of the teeth. The general and restorative dental services offered by Dr. Grundstrom Joost help patients do just that. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn how Dr. Joost can help you restore a strong, healthy, beautiful smile. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Jefferson City,
Missouri  65109  USA

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