An example of tooth abfraction restored by Peter Mani, DDS General Dentist in Riverside CA.
What is tooth abfraction? It is when the neck of the tooth gets worn away. What causes tooth abfraction? It is often caused by brushing too hard, or brushing with a hard tooth brush. It is often associated with gum recession or comes with gum recession. However a more common cause of abfraction is tooth grinding. When people grind their teeth, a lot of force is exerted down the tooth. Pieces of enamel chip away at the weakest part of the tooth where the enamel meets with the root (the neck of the tooth).
Some times abfraction can cause tooth sensitivity because the root surface of the tooth becomes more exposed to hot and cold. So what can be done to fix abfraction? The easiest way is to first prevent what is causing it. Then repair them with tooth colored composite fillings. Above is an example of a patient who had abfraction. We were able to repair it with composite fillings. Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani, DDS general dentist in Riverside, CA. Photo used with permission and consent of patient.
If you believe you may have tooth abfraction and would like to get your teeth repaired. Give Peter Mani, DDS a call at 951-687-8700.
Here is another example of a filling we did. This patient had a cavity presented on tooth #2 (which is the upper right molar) in the distal pit (crevice towards the back of the tooth). Sometimes a dark spot on a tooth can just be stain, but in this case, I was able to feel using a dental explorer that the area was soft and mushy. That is how we are able to determine it was a cavity. We numbed the patient up, and was able to finish this in less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Infact, 5 of those minutes were waiting for the tooth to numb up. We filled it with tooth colored filling which is better looking. Another option is silver fillings, however we do not do silver fillings at our office. Although silver fillings are deemed safe by the ADA, EPA, and many other agencies, we just avoid them as most patients prefer white fillings. Another benefit of tooth colored fillings (composite fillings) is that it bonds to tooth structure. This allows us to drill a lot less than a silver filling would require. If you feel like you might have a cavity and would like to get it fixed give us a call : Peter Mani, DDS (951) 687-8700 We are located at 7759 California Ave, Riverside CA 92504. (Photo is of actual filling done by Peter Mani, DDS. Photo used with consent and permission of patient). If you would like to see more examples of fillings we’ve done you can click our fillings page.
Here is a simple cavity we filled the other day. The cavity was hiding on the patient’s upper molar and is a very difficult area to see unless we take a close look. We were able to easily fill this cavity with a tooth colored filling. (Photo of actual patient of Dr Peter Mani DDS,p hotos used with patient’s permission)
What exactly is a dental cavity? A dental cavity (also called dental caries) is when your tooth gets eaten. It usually is the result of bacteria. Bacteria likes to eat any left over food left on your teeth. The bacteria’s waste tends to be acidic and eats away at teeth. Often times cavities will be brown or black in color but that is not always the case. Sometimes black spots on your teeth aren’t necessarily cavities either. That is why it is important to brush your teeth after every meal. Floss too!
This patient had cavities on his front teeth. We were able to simply drill them out and fill them with tooth colored fillings. In general there are two types of fillings, tooth colored composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings. In this case these teeth are in the front and putting silver in there just wouldn’t look right. People tend to prefer tooth colored fillings and that is what we use in our office.
If you have cavities or think you have cavities, give us a call. We can help fix them for you. Give us a call if you are in the Riverside area. Even if you are in Corona CA or Moreno Valley CA we can help you too!
(Photos of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS. Used with consent and permission of patient)