What is Dental Erosion?

Are your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? Do you have areas of damage on your tooth enamel? Dental erosion is a common dental problem that impacts the function and aesthetics of the smile. Erosion occurs when the top layer of enamel is worn away. Acids in foods or beverages as well as conditions like acid reflux can wear down the teeth and cause damage. Dr. William Harper offers multiple treatments for patients with tooth erosion in his Newport News, VA dental office. He helps patients rebuild their smiles with tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns for brighter and stronger teeth.

Tooth Erosion in Newport News, Virginia

How to Fix Tooth Erosion

There are multiple treatment options for patients with eroded teeth, including:

  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding uses a biocompatible resin that is shaped and molded onto prepared teeth. This resin is color-matched to teeth and is cured to the enamel using light and heat. Bonding material can also be used to bond veneers for a stable end result.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are similar to tooth bonding treatments, but are permanent. Veneers are made of thin shells of porcelain ceramic that are adhered to the front of teeth. With this treatment, patients can elongate the teeth and brighten discolored enamel. Dental veneers are also a permanent option that will last for many years with the right care and oral hygiene.
  • Dental Crowns: Tooth crowns are caps that fully cover teeth. Crowns are made of porcelain ceramic and blend in with the look of natural teeth. They also provide strength and durability and can withstand regular biting forces of the teeth. Patients with severe cases of dental erosion benefit from crowns because they fully cover and protect worn teeth.

Schedule a Dental Consultation

Are you noticing tooth wear or discoloration on certain areas of your smile? Request a dental appointment today on our website. If you are a new patient of Dr. Harper, you can call 757.414.7227. Current patients can contact Dr. Harper at 757.868.8152. Please let Dr. Harper and his team know if you have any questions about your dental erosion or your treatment options.