When we see a patient for the first time, we perform a very thorough examination that includes a TMJ assessment, Oral Cancer examination, x-rays on all the teeth, photos of the teeth and gums, and we create a digital replica of the patients teeth and gums.
Recently, I saw a new patient and during our examination, I noticed a severe amount of tooth loss. He had nearly 3 mm of tooth loss. 3mm does not sound like a lot, but on average, a person loses 1mm of tooth structure every hundred years.
So basically this patient has lost 300 years of tooth structure.
A lot of dentist will automatically say, “Oh you must be grinding your teeth. You need a night guard.”
But when I looked at his teeth, the patterns on his teeth were not of someone who was grinding but rather someone who was experiencing some type of acid erosion. Basically, someone who is experiencing acid reflux or was consuming a high level of acidic beverages. He had a lot of treatment that needed to be done and we needed to figure out the cause of the tooth destruction. Otherwise whatever we put into his mouth would be destroyed also by the acidic erosion.
Unfortunately, I see a lot of acid destruction on teeth and have referred patients to a team of doctors at Rush Medical Center, that specialize in acid reflux.
This prolonged acid will cause a person to loose tooth structure and will also increase the chance of developing esophageal cancer.
If you are noticing your teeth are wearing away and would like to figure out why, please call 773-292-1911 to schedule an appointment.
Click on this video for a very cool, digital demonstration:
Floss like a madman!Emilio “Grinding It Down to a Science” Couret