Understanding the problemThe human body favors an alkaline pH balance of 7.35 to 7.45. Dental erosion, which is a type of wear, occurs when teeth are regularly exposed to an acidic pH of 5.0 to 5.7 from:
- Soft drinks
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fruit juices
- Chemical sweeteners
- Acidic foods ranging from animal products to produce and grains
- Chlorinated swimming pool water
- Digestive fluids (acid reflux)
In either case, damage from natural wear or dental erosion should be addressed with healthy lifestyle changes and attention from a qualified dentist.
The role of biomimetic dentistryThe term “biomimetic” describes human processes that imitate nature. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are forms of biomimetic dentistry that restores structural damage done by wear and dental erosion.
Dental bonding is a pliable compound of tooth-colored plastic and powdered glass, used to reshape and cover compromised dentition. Porcelain veneers are thin layers of translucent ceramic that are bonded to visible surfaces of teeth. Both treatments mask wear, restoring the lovely appearance of the smile. The protection they afford reduces sensitivity and risk of further damage.
To learn more about treating the causes and results of wear and dental erosion, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matarazzo. The number is (617) 405-3939, and new patients are welcome.