I’m hoping you can help me understand what is happening to my teeth. I deal with heartburn very often. It is so severe, sometimes it makes me throw up. The acid that encounters my teeth seems to have made some of my fillings very sensitive. In fact, I have trouble chewing. Do you know what is going on here?
– Richard from Calgary
What you have explained is quite a serious problem and has the potential to cause great harm to your teeth. It is important that you find a way to resolve your heartburn issues.
Acid reflux is a condition that takes place when an individual throws up. The vomit if very acidic. This causes a breakdown of the enamel on your teeth. So, it is your teeth that are likely becoming more sensitive and not your fillings. Acid reflux presents the same kinds of problems and complications dentists see from patients with bulimia.
Fluoride treatments may be helpful to strengthen your teeth. This may help with the senstivity, but ultimately prevention is the key. Hopefully you can find a way to control your acid reflux to prevent further tooth decay.
If this condition continues, it may be worthwhile to have dental crowns placed on your back teeth to protect them. This is not the ideal solution, since some part of your tooth will still be susceptible to damage from the acid. Even the dental crowns will break down over time.
Something you can do in the meantime is to rinse your mouth out instantly after vomiting. This will help limit the amount of harmful acid in your teeth.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.