Houston dentist Dr. Hugo Artaza explains how acid reflux can cause tooth erosion to a male patient

Unexplained Tooth Erosion and Pain? How to Fight the Effects of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is more than just a bit of digestive distress. All that stomach acid can wreak havoc on your teeth, eating away at their defenses and causing tooth pain and deterioration. Stop the downward spiral with the help of Dr. Hugo E. Artaza. At Artaza Dental, we can spot the signs of acid-reflux-related tooth erosion and provide a path forward to protect your smile. 

Acid Reflux: The Crux of Your Problem 

The Cleveland Clinic estimates that 20% of adults have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You could also suffer from “silent reflux,” a.k.a. laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), which occurs when acid reaches your esophagus. Both GERD and LPR affect your teeth when stomach acid reaches your mouth and erodes your teeth over time. 

Signs of acid reflux oral health issues include:

  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Lost tooth enamel
  • Frequent cavities
  • Unexplained tooth erosion

The team at Artaza Dental may actually recognize the signs before you do. If we see wear on your teeth that is beyond the norm, we might suspect the silent culprits of GERD or LPR. Fortunately, we have a lot of tooth repair options that work alongside treatments from your doctor. 

Lost Enamel? Try Dental Bonding and Sealants

One of the first layers of defense degraded by stomach acid is your enamel, which protects the delicate inner structure of your teeth. Enamel also helps repel cavity-causing bacteria. 

At our Katy, TX, dental office, we offer early interventions to strengthen enamel, like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. For more advanced protection, we can apply dental bonding. Bonding not only strengthens weak teeth but also restores their appearance. Teeth damaged by acid reflux can look discolored or misshapen. Bonding provides you with a whiter, more symmetrical look. 

Damaged Smile? We Offer Restorations

If your enamel has been eroded for long enough, the actual structure of your teeth can start to deteriorate. Stomach acid, after all, is made to break things down. If your pearly whites have suffered more extensive deterioration, Artaza Dental’s restorative dentistry procedures offer equally extensive repairs. 

We can cap damaged teeth with crowns or replace lost teeth with bridges and dentures. We’re also a leader in dental implants, using robotic assistance for the most advanced tooth-replacement techniques. Don’t ever consider your smile a lost cause.

Severe Erosion? Get a Full Smile Rehabilitation

Acid reflux can affect both the look and usefulness of your teeth. In those cases, our office provides complete smile restoration makeovers. These cosmetic and restorative combinations address your every unique tooth struggle. 

We can shore up damaged teeth with crowns, fill in gaps with robotic-assisted dental implants, and cover discoloration and irregular tooth shapes with porcelain veneers. We can take it tooth by tooth if necessary, deciding the best steps to get your whole smile back to looking healthy and beautiful. 

Dr. Artaza Attacks Tooth Erosion from Acid Reflux

Your teeth are on the frontlines in the battle against acid reflux. Don’t let them fall victim to your stomach’s assault. Artaza Dental can equip your smile with protective measures as well as repair any damage. No matter where you are in the process of recovering from GERD or LPR, we can address the effect on your dental health. Contact us today for a consultation on tooth erosion and tooth pain from acid reflux.

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