How Can I Reverse Enamel Erosion?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman smiling with weak enamel before making an appointment at Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WAEnamel is the outer layer of the tooth. It is the hardest substance in the body, even tougher than the bones. However, it can erode with time for several reasons. Enamel erosion can result from eating acidic foods and drinking carbonated beverages. Teeth grinding, reduced saliva production, and gastric reflux can cause enamel erosion. Fortunately, you can reverse enamel erosion through various treatments, as highlighted below:

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are custom wafer-thin shells that replace eroded enamel. They cover the front surface of the teeth, preventing further erosion and restoring your smile. They look just like natural teeth and can consist of porcelain or composite resin. Our dentist may apply fluoride varnish to strengthen the remaining enamel before fitting the dental veneer.

Dental Bonding

Another option for treating enamel erosion is dental bonding. This cosmetic procedure entails applying composite resin to eroded teeth to replace the lost enamel. Dental bonding is ideal if the eroded enamel has caused tooth staining and discoloration. The primary advantage of dental bonding is that it can treat enamel erosion on any tooth.

Dental Crowns

Tooth crowns are caps that cover damaged or cracked teeth. They help restore eroded teeth by protecting them from further damage. Our dentist may have to take an imprint of your teeth to mold your custom dental cap. We may also scour the outer layer of the affected tooth before fitting the dental cap.

Root Canal Treatment

Our dentist may suggest root canal treatment if enamel erosion has exposed the dental pulp. The tooth pulp is the inner tissue in your teeth. Root canal therapy entails removing the dead pulp tissue and cleaning the canal before sealing the tooth with crowns or bonding materials. We may also use dental fillings to fill cracks and gaps in the diseased or eroded tooth.

Contact Us Today

Enamel erosion often goes unnoticed as it happens gradually. Scheduling regular dental checkups can help diagnose the problem. Contact us today to speak to our dentist and book an appointment for enamel erosion treatment.

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