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Dental Abrasions

DENTAL ABRASIONS IN CERRITOS, CA

Dental abrasions occur when our teeth are worn down through over brushing or ill-fitting appliances irritating tooth surfaces. Overtime, dental abrasions may not just impact the appearance of your teeth but put your oral health at risk. At Dentist of Cerritos, we can treat dental abrasions to keep your smile whole and healthy.

WHAT ARE DENTAL ABRASIONS?

A dental abrasion occurs when the tooth’s surface is worn away by something consistently rubbing or scraping against it. The result is typically a v-shaped notch on the lower two-thirds of the tooth near the gums.

Closely related to dental abrasions are erosions, which are similar but show up more as a scooped-out section on the tooth. Erosion is caused by acids and can happen in conditions such as bulimia or drinking too much soda.

Note: dental abrasions are not the same thing as an air abrasion, which is a dental technique used to clean tooth surfaces.

WHAT CAUSES DENTAL ABRASIONS?

Dental abrasions can be caused and aggravated by a variety of factors, including:

OVER BRUSHING

Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is important, but you can overdo it. Over brushing is when people brush too vigorously and for too long, especially with the wrong kind of toothbrush. Overly abrasive toothpastes can also contribute to dental abrasion.

CHEWING HABITS

Constantly chewing on toothpicks, pencils, fingernails, or other items can cause dental abrasion.

ILL-FITTING DENTAL APPLIANCES

Dentures or retainers that aren’t fitting properly can cause dental abrasion. This is why if you notice any shifts or changes in your mouth while wearing appliances, you need to contact us right away at Dentist of Cerritos to avoid any damage.

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WHY TREAT DENTAL ABRASIONS?

Dental abrasions aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Weakened tooth enamel makes teeth more susceptible to cavities and even infection. Teeth that have suffered dental abrasion may become increasingly sensitive to heat and cold, making eating sometimes painful.

HOW DO YOU TREAT DENTAL ABRASIONS?

For mild dental abrasions, the first approach is typically a fluoride treatment, which strengthens tooth enamel. For more advanced dental abrasions, composite filling or bonding may be used to repair and replace lost tooth structure.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT DENTAL ABRASIONS?

Once your dental abrasions have been treated at Dentist of Cerritos, it is important to create good habits to prevent their recurrence. These include:

  • Coming to Dentist of Cerritos at least twice per year for checkups.
  • Getting trained by our dental hygienist on proper brushing technique.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Contact us right away if your dental appliance is no longer comfortable or fitting properly.
  • Stopping bad chewing habits such as nail biting or pencil chewing.
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WHAT DOES IT COST TO TREAT DENTAL ABRASIONS?

The cost to treat dental abrasion depends on the extent of the damage. Fluoride treatments are very inexpensive and may be covered by your dental plan as a preventative treatment. Restorative dental treatments such as crowns, fillings, and bonding may also be necessary. Our helpful staff will discuss with you all treatment options and affordable payment plans.

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