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Is Dental Attrition Damaging Your Teeth?

Posted on 5/20/2016 by Fady Ebid
A woman stressed out and grinding her teeth!Dental attrition is one of the three main types of tooth wear. This problem results from biting the teeth together, clenching, and grinding, which can cause the teeth to become shorter in appearance and flat.

It is extremely common in children who have a more difficult time controlling this habit, and before attrition results, chipping of the edges and chewing surfaces might occur. This is especially common in the front teeth and may be the reason you seek out treatment at your dentist's office.

Dental Attrition Can Be Normal

It is important to note that dental attrition isn't always the sign of a problem. Some extent is common and inevitable throughout your lifetime. However, there are a few factors that can cause your attrition to reach levels where damage results.

Bruxism, especially when you clench and grind your teeth at night, it's a primary cause, as the forces between the biting surfaces of your teeth will be increased, speeding up the damage. Additionally, if you have lost some teeth in the past, increased pressure on the remaining teeth could cause them to wear down.

Preventing Attrition Damage

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do to reduce the effects of attrition. If you clench and grind your teeth at night, you might want to talk to your dentist about being fitted for a night guard.

Not only will this help to keep your teeth safe, but you might also notice other symptoms of TMJ disorder start to subside, such as headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain.

Additionally, if you lose teeth either due to trauma or decay, you should consider restorative methods so that your biting pressures don't change.

Please contact our office we can help you to decide if a bridge, partial denture, or a dental implant might be in your best interest to keep your smile healthy.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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Marietta, GA 30062


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