As we age, our teeth are subject to wear and tear from regular use, gradually weakening the enamel over time. This process can be speeded up by poor dental hygiene or bad diet, leading to greater enamel loss and associated problems.
If the enamel on your teeth has been eroded, it could leave the nerve endings in the pulp exposed, causing you pain when consuming hot or cold foods, brushing, or even just exposing your gumline to air.
Directly underneath the enamel of your teeth is a layer of a substance called dentine, which is yellow. If your enamel has worn so thin that this is visible through it, your teeth will appear discolored.
Rough edges, cracks, and chips
Enamel erosion can lead to the edges of your teeth feeling rough or sharp and eventually cause cracks and chips.
As the enamel erodes, it will leave smooth spots on your teeth which will appear shiny.
Increased tooth decay
Enamel is your body’s first line of defense against tooth decay. Once it starts to weaken, your teeth are left unprotected.
Enamel loss may leave your teeth with a see-through appearance.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and one of the hardest in nature. It is a mineral composite that protects the teeth from damage and gives them the strength to chew and tear food. Even at its densest point on your teeth, it is only a couple of millimeters thick. And no, it does not grow back. Once your adult teeth have fully formed, that’s it.
Tooth enamel does not grow back, but it can be restored to some degree by remineralization. Using mineralized toothpaste and mouthwash can strengthen your remaining enamel as the minerals will be drawn to the weak spots in your teeth and bond with the surface.
The main component of enamel is calcium phosphate, also known as hydroxyapatite. Products with high concentrations of this substance work best for tooth enamel restore.
If your teeth are eroded to the point where remineralization will not be effective, your dentist can help protect your teeth in one of 2 ways.
This is a simple procedure that can be used in milder cases of erosion. A resin that has been tinted to match your teeth is applied to the damaged areas. As it hardens it bonds with the teeth, forming a protective layer, which your dentist will then trim and polish to give a natural look to your teeth.
If the damage is more advanced, your dentist might choose to place a crown over the damaged tooth. This will protect it and restore its functionality.
Enamel erosion is a serious issue that can make life a misery if you suffer from it. While remedies do exist, prevention is always better than cure, so avoid sugary drinks, acidic foods, and maintain a good dental hygiene regime. And if you have any concerns about your enamel or other dental issues, book an appointment with Doral Sedation Dentistry, today.