With the discovery of this material and its development in terms of content, composite, that is, tooth-colored fillings, are now used in almost all filling cases. These filling materials are used not only in cases of caries, but also in cases where aesthetics need to be corrected, and satisfactory results are obtained.
A few cases where composite fillings were used:
- Closing the gaps between the front teeth (diastema closure)
- Restoration of broken front teeth
- Restoration of cavities
- Composite restorations may be applied in cases that are too deep below the gum or where blood-saliva isolation is not fully achieved, which may result in failure of the treatment. In this case, the dentist has an important duty to give a good indication.
Tooth Wear Treatment
Tooth enamel erosion, which usually occurs due to acidic foods and drinks, initially progresses painlessly and unnoticed. Abrasions occurring on teeth are seen in the enamel on the upper surface of the tooth.
What are the recommendations for patients with tooth wear?
– We ask patients who are treated and whose teeth are found to be worn, first of all, to change their brushes and replace the toothbrushes with hard bristles with brushes with softer bristles.
– Non-abrasive gel type toothpastes may be recommended.
– Those who use toothbrushes with rotating heads are especially advised to choose soft bristles.
What are the effects of progressive tooth wear?
– Sensitivity in teeth begins to increase due to the effect of wear
– Aesthetic concerns begin to arise in the teeth
– The patient may complain of pain
– As the wear progresses, yellowing will increase.
What is the treatment method for tooth wear?
If the tooth abrasions are in the shape of a “v”, it can be thought that these abrasions are caused by the effects of the toothbrush, and if the abrasions are in the shape of a “u”, such abrasions are caused by acidic foods and drinks. Finding out the cause of the abrasions is extremely important for treatment. In the treatment phase, the factors that cause wear are primarily eliminated. Then, treatment procedures are applied according to the effect of wear.
Which treatment method is applied according to tooth wear?
– If the patient comes to the dentist with the complaint of sensitivity on his teeth due to wear, laser application and fluoride gel treatments are applied to the patient. In case of mild abrasions, fluoride applications and fluoride mouthwashes will prevent sensitivities.
– If the wear on the teeth is severe, sensitivity in the teeth, yellowing of the teeth, pain, and small fragments in the tooth parts can be observed. In such abrasions, dental fillings or porcelain laminate veneer applications can be applied.
What can be done to prevent tooth wear?
– Straws can be used in acidic drinks
– Fruits can be consumed by cutting them into small pieces.
– Sugar-free medications can be used
– Chewing gum without sugar
– Consuming more milk and dairy products
– Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
– Going to dentist check-ups at regularly
Do toothbrushes cause tooth wear?
Using toothbrushes too hard can cause wear on teeth. In this type of wear, a group of patients can be seen who attach importance to dental cleaning and hygiene, but do not know how to use a toothbrush and therefore damage their teeth and gums. It is very important for patients to visit the dentist frequently and to receive accurate information about brushing from the dentist.
What procedure is applied in cases of excessive tooth wear?
If the wear is at a very deep level, composite veneer and porcelain laminate veneer applications can be applied to the patient. In addition, the patient will experience aesthetic concerns in case of excessive tooth wear. Therefore, it is important that these treatment methods are aesthetic.
As soon as wear reaches deep dental tissues, restorative treatment (composite veneer, porcelain laminate) is required. In addition, these treatment methods are required if the patient complains of hypersensitivity and the appearance of the teeth is unacceptable for the patient.
How to detect tooth wear?
You can notice tooth wear by the sensitivity of the teeth to cold and hot. In addition, your dentist will diagnose this problem early and take the necessary precautions during regular dental check-ups.