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What is Tooth Erosion?


Posted Aug 3rd, 2015

Enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth.


Tooth erosion is when tooth enamel is worn away by acid. The saliva that is found in our mouth contains calcium which helps to strengthen and remineralize the teeth. When there is a high level of acid present, remineralization can not occur and your tooth will begin to erode.

What can cause Tooth Erosion?

Many of the foods and drinks we consume contain high amounts of acids. Some of the main culprits are soft drinks and pure fruit juices. Tooth erosion can also be caused by medical factors such as a decrease in saliva, acid reflux disease, certain gastrointestinal conditions and various eating disorders.

Will a crack in a tooth heal?

Tooth enamel will not regenerate. However, there are many treatment options. Treatment options will be determined by the dentist who must evaluate the impact for trauma to the dentin, tooth roots and jawbone.

Recommended treatments might include:

1. Bonding
2. Porcelain veneer
3. Crown or extraction with replacement via a standard bridge, maryland bridge or dental implant and crown.


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