Posted on 4/30/2019 by Dr. Jon Packman
|Have you ever heard of dental attrition? We agree, it is not a term that is used a lot in dental procedures. However, dental attrition is a real thing, and it can cause damage to your teeth, as well as your overall oral hygiene. Not sure what it is, or how to avoid it? We have the answers for you here.
Dental attrition is a fancy name for the wearing away of your teeth. Rather than your teeth being worn down by something such as food, dental attrition is caused by teeth wearing on each other over time.
As we age, dental attrition may become more noticeable, because of the number of years we have been using our teeth. Also, people who suffer from bruxism, which is the clenching or grinding of teeth, have more dental attrition than people who don’t have this problem.
There are some signs that might help you to know if you are suffering from dental attrition. You might notice that your teeth are thinner or flatter looking. If you have had crowns or caps put on your teeth, you may notice that they are not sitting along your gumline the way they used to.
Your teeth and gums might become more sensitive to heat or cold. Your teeth or gums could also be sore or tender. Finally, you might notice that your tooth is a different color than the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
Luckily, if we get to it in time, there are things we can do to help your teeth from becoming a casualty. There are techniques we can do to repair worn enamel, and remineralize your teeth. We can also suggest mouth protectors if you clench or grind your teeth. Why not give us a call today, and let us get you scheduled?