Do you suffer from tooth attrition? Tooth attrition is an oral health disorder which develops when your teeth are constantly worn down over time. As we age, our teeth age with us, naturally wearing them down. Dental wear can also be caused by grinding and clenching your teeth together. When tooth enamel is stripped away, sensitive layers called dentin are exposed which can make your teeth appear yellow, and can cause discomfort and pain when exposed.
One of the most common causes of dental attrition is bruxism. Bruxism is when you grind and clench your teeth unconsciously, often while you sleep. Not only can bruxism wear down your teeth over time, it can also lead other oral ailments such as sleep apnea, or temporomandibular joint disorders within your jaw. Treating dental attrition includes treating its underlying causes. If you suffer from bruxism, a night guard or bite plate may be needed to protect your smile while you sleep.
Dental attrition could also be caused by a malocclusion, also called a bad bite. If your teeth are out of alignment, it is possible that they could be rubbing together causing wear, at which point an orthodontic alignment is necessary. If you have severe misalignment issues, maxillofacial surgery can be used.
Are you suffering any signs of dental attrition? If so, schedule an appointment at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas at our prosthodontic office in Charlotte, North Carolina, so we can give you a thorough oral examination and begin a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your smile. Dr. Ralph Hoffmann and our prosthodontic team can be reached at 704-364-3770. Your oral health deserves the best!