This case is a classic example of acid erosion combined with a grinding habit. Tooth surface loss such as this is almost always from more than one cause and on this occasion the individual was aware of grinding habit and had been suffering with heart burn for years. The doctor eventually prescribed something for the heart burn but if either the dentist or the doctor had taken a closer look at the pattern of tooth loss they could have worked out what was going on several years ago.
Fortunately the treatment is relatively simple and involves directly building up the teeth using white fillings, with all of the work completed in one visit. The white fillings will wear down in the presence of continued grinding so a simple mouth guard can be made to protect them at night, when most of the damage is usually done.
If you have noticed your front teeth are becoming shorter or are turning gray at the tips then it may well be that you have increased acid in your mouth. It is worth getting this checked by your dentist and they can do a simple test to check the pH of your mouth and, if necessary, can suggest you see your doctor to discuss possible gastric causes of the acid. If you would like to find out more about this then please call 01580 752202 and we will be happy to help.