What happens when you lose tooth enamel?
Your enamel protects your teeth from daily use, including chewing, biting, and grinding. It is the harder outer layer of your teeth the protects the sensitive inner tooth. Your enamel is the strongest substance of your body but can still erode when exposed to sugars and starches and from acidic foods like citrus fruits. As you lose enamel your teeth become more prone to cavities and decay. If left untreated cavities can lead to infections like painful tooth abscesses. Loss of enamel can also impact the look of your smile as it is translucent, and the dentin underneath is visible which determines the colour of your teeth.
The unfortunate part of losing tooth enamel is when it is gone it cannot be replaced. Unlike other parts of the body that can heal itself your tooth enamel contains no living cells which is why preserving it is very crucial to the long term health of your teeth.
Can you rebuild tooth enamel?
Your tooth enamel cannot be restored once it is damaged. You can restore weakened enamel by improving its mineral content but even then, it will not be fully restored. There are toothpaste and mouthwashes that can help contribute to the remineralization process for weakened enamel. Your enamel is made from minerals such as calcium and phosphate which help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride toothpaste and products with calcium phosphate can help your teeth with the remineralization process naturally before it is permanently damaged. It is best to avoid acidic foods and soda drinks or juice however if you do indulge in acidic or sugary foods it is always good to have some water with it to help wash away the damaging particles that can cling to your teeth.
What does the loss of enamel look like?
Loss of enamel may not be obvious at first glance and it is important to watch out for the signs. If your teeth are starting to look yellow or are easily starting to chip or crack this could be a sign of enamel loss. The more yellow your teeth are is a good indication of how thin your enamel is. Another sign can be extreme sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods. Sensitivity develops when the dentin layer is exposed which makes your teeth yellow and more sensitive to pain. The pulp is the innermost part of your tooth and can be damaged leading to pulpits.
How Orchards Dental can help
If you feel you are dealing with enamel loss you should visit your dentist immediately. There are solutions if you are dealing with enamel loss such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Veneers are applied on the surface of the damaged tooth and can help conceal imperfections with your teeth. If you are dealing with significant damage, then veneers might not be the best option, and opting for dental crowns might be the better solution. Crowns fit over the entire tooth and can hide serious discolourations and damage. Dental crowns are durable and can last for many years.