Worn Teeth

Cosmetic Dentist, Aesthetic Specialist & General Dentistry located in San Diego, CA

Worn Teeth

Worn Teeth services offered in San Diego, CA

Worn teeth can cause dental discomfort, and they also present aesthetic challenges. Under the care of Sarah Elghor, DDS, at Elghor Dental Studio in San Diego, California, you have a range of treatment options for worn teeth. Book a one-on-one consultation online or call the friendly office staff today to schedule an appointment.

Worn Teeth Q&A

What causes worn teeth?

Worn teeth are more common than you might think and affect men and women of all ages. If you notice an increase in tooth sensitivity, you might be experiencing worn-down teeth. 

Enamel erosion is a common cause of worn teeth. The outermost layer of hard tooth tissue (enamel) is very thin and can be broken down or worn away relatively easily. Some of the causes of enamel erosion include:

  • Excessive consumption of soda
  • Diet high in sugar and starches
  • Fruit drinks
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic factors
  • Acid reflux disease

Another causal factor for worn teeth is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Many people grind their teeth during sleep, a habit they may not even be aware of. Over time, this abnormal friction can wear down your natural tooth tissue. 

Are there treatments that can help restore worn teeth?

Your treatment path depends on the cause of your worn teeth. If you’re experiencing bruxism and resulting damage to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ/TMD), Botox® injections can help by relaxing the muscles that control your jaw. 

If lifestyle choices are to blame for your worn teeth, Dr. Elghor can help you find ways to make meaningful changes that protect your tooth tissue. 

Once you address the root cause of your worn teeth, cosmetic bonding can help restore a natural appearance. This treatment involves hand-applying a composite resin material to the surface of your teeth and then polishing that finish to a bright shine. 

When is the right time to seek professional help with worn teeth?

It’s important to reach out for professional help as soon as you notice the first signs of worn teeth. At the more advanced stages, your teeth will begin to look smaller than normal, and you might notice that the normal slight serrations on the biting surfaces have been smoothed away. 

But the first sign of worn teeth is usually increased sensitivity and discomfort. If you find yourself wincing when you eat or drink something cold, or feel a dull throbbing in your teeth, it’s time to come in for professional care. 

Booking a visit is a simple process. Just call the office during normal business hours, or book online in just a few clicks.