Dental Problems

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is caused by acid. It wears away the tooth enamel (it is a hard calcified tissue which covers and protects the tooth). It is the hardest of all the substances in the body. There are many signs and symptoms of tooth erosion which range from sensitive to severe.

Signs and Symptoms of the Tooth Erosion

The common tooth erosion signs and symptoms are listed below:

  • Discoloration:

    As the tooth enamel is damaged, the dentin is exposed which results in the discoloration of the tooth. The discoloration makes the tooth yellow. Thus, yellowing of the tooth depends on the amount of dentin exposed.

  • Tooth sensitivity:

    This is the most common symptom that occurs. Because the tooth enamel which covers and protects the teeth is worn off due to the teeth erosion, leaving exposed tooth.

  • Transparent or sand blasted look:

    This is not uncommon during the early stages of the tooth erosion to have a transparent or sand blasted look.

  • Rounded teeth:

    The tooth erosion especially during the early process, causes damage to the tooth. Thus, it seems to have a round tooth look.

The above symptoms appear in the early stages of the tooth erosion. But, as the condition becomes advanced or severe then they show the following signs and symptoms:

  • Dents:

    Little dents, which is also referred as cupping might begin to develop on the teeth where chewing and biting is common.

  • Cracking:

    In advanced stage of tooth erosion, the teeth have a rough feeling and can crack.

  • Extreme sensitivity:

    In the advance and severe stage the teeth sensitivity increases due to the tooth erosion which wears away the whole tooth enamel.

These are few signs and symptoms of tooth erosion. If you experience any of the above symptoms then immediately consult a dentist. Never wait until the condition deteriorates.

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