What treatment options are available for dental erosion?

Peggy Rosen

Treatment options for dental erosion are:

  1. For small erosion area; composite resin filling is recommended.
  2. For larger area on the facial side or on chewing side only; porcelain veneer is recommended.
  3. For erosion involves more than one sides of the tooth; either inlay, onlay or crown is recommended.


Treatment options for dental erosion vary depending on the amount of damage that has been done. If you catch erosion early enough, before irreversible tooth wear has occurred, you may be able to repair the damage by using fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse and by avoiding foods and drinks that are high in acidity. This includes most soft drinks, sports drinks, and citrus fruits. If erosion is accompanied by enamel abrasion that thins the enamel or exposes the layer of dentin underneath, you may need a restoration to fix the issue. If your erosion is being caused by an eating disorder, like bulimia or a condition like acid reflux, you’ll need to treat the disorder if you want to stop damaging your teeth. Even after you treat the underlying condition, you may still need dental work to fix that damage that has already been done. If you experience increased sensitivity in your teeth, consult your dentist to find out if erosion is the cause.
Rita Medwid

Your treatment options depends on how badly the teeth are eroded. There are many good toothpastes that will help re-mineralize the enamel to resist further attacks. Your dentist can do some easy painless desensitizing treatments, or prescribe a re-mineralizing tooth crème that you leave on your teeth overnight. Or you may wear a custom tray with a fluoride gel for 20-30 minutes a day. Some erosion is caused by clenching or grinding your teeth. You will need to wear a hard nightguard to prevent further wear. Most areas of erosion can be corrected with  certain types of white fillings, or porcelain coverage. But you still need to stop the cause of the erosion, or replace the fillings often.

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