Tooth Enamel Repair

Tooth enamel repair is important to a healthy smile. This protective tooth structure is vulnerable to damage caused by poor diet habits, carbonated drinks, and teeth grinding (bruxism).

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While destroyed enamel cannot be brought back, weakened enamel can be repaired through remineralization. This process occurs naturally, with help from fluoride toothpaste and foods high in calcium.

Practicing Good Oral Hygiene

Tooth enamel is the hard, protective shell that covers the crown portion of your teeth. This strong tissue is translucent so that you can see through it to the dentin underneath. While you may think that yellowing or discoloration of the enamel indicates a problem, it is normal for healthy teeth to be white, off white, or light shades of yellow.

Too much plaque and tartar on your teeth can erode tooth enamel, leading to cavities. You can prevent these issues by practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for dental X-rays and cleanings on a regular basis.

Good oral health is more than just preventing cavities and gum disease, though. Studies have shown a link between poor oral health and heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.

You can protect your teeth by avoiding foods and drinks that are high in sugar, drinking water or milk instead of acidic sodas, and using a fluoride toothpaste like Pronamel. The optimized fluoride formulation of this toothpaste protects against enamel erosion and helps repair acid-weakened enamel. Additionally, you can avoid acid erosion by waiting an hour or so before you brush your teeth after eating or drinking something acidic, and by using a straw when you drink those types of drinks.

Fluoride Toothpaste

Using fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to help prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy teeth. It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day, and you should also floss and use mouthwash regularly to remove bacteria from the mouth. Fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid attacks from sugar and bacteria.

Tooth decay is caused by acid that’s produced by the bacteria in plaque. The acids eat away at the outer layer of the tooth, or enamel, and can lead to cavities. Regular use of fluoride can prevent tooth decay by promoting remineralization, which is the process of re-growing lost enamel. There are a few different ways that fluoride can promote remineralization, including reducing the solubility of hydroxyapatite; inhibiting the ability of plaque organisms to produce acid; and by directly attacking demineralized areas of enamel.

While remineralization can strengthen weakened enamel and reduce the risk of cavities, it cannot rebuild tooth enamel that has been completely destroyed by acid erosion or by serious tooth decay. In this case, it’s important to see your dentist for a dental cleaning and exam so they can diagnose any problems before they get worse.

Some people have concerns about using fluoride to protect their teeth, but there’s no evidence that it causes cancer or other health issues. The only risk associated with using fluoridated toothpaste is a cosmetic issue known as fluorosis, which causes white lines in the enamel of the tooth.

Dental Bonding

Tooth bonding is an effective cosmetic dental treatment option for repairing tooth enamel damage and enhancing the appearance of your smile. This safe and non-invasive procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin material directly to your teeth to help improve the overall appearance of your smile.

With the right care, bonded teeth can last up to 8-10 years. However, it is important to note that bonded teeth are not as strong as your natural tooth enamel and are therefore more susceptible to tooth decay and discoloration. For this reason, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits and schedule regular checkups as recommended by your dentist to ensure the longevity of your bonded teeth.

During the bonding process, your dentist will first prepare the affected area by roughening the surface and applying a conditioning liquid to help the composite resin adhere to the tooth. Once the resin has been applied, it is molded and shaped to repair the damaged area and then hardened with a special light. Your dentist may also trim and polish the bonded tooth to enhance its appearance.

In many cases, patients choose to undergo dental bonding to repair minor cosmetic concerns such as chipped teeth, small gaps, or tooth discoloration. This simple and convenient treatment can enhance your smile, boost your confidence, and help protect your natural tooth enamel from further damage.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that sit on a damaged tooth, acting as surrogate enamel. They can be made from a variety of materials including metals, porcelain, ceramics, resin, and more to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. They can also protect the rest of the natural teeth, reducing the risk of other oral health problems and ensuring your smile looks healthy and beautiful.

While a filling can replace tooth structure lost from cavities, a crown is better suited to repairing large holes and reducing the sensitivity of your damaged teeth. It can even help prevent further damage and improve your overall oral health by helping you avoid infection and reduce recurring discomfort.

The main function of your natural enamel is to provide a strong barrier between the sensitive parts of your teeth and the foods you eat. Unfortunately, over time, the tooth’s enamel can wear down, exposing these vulnerable areas and making them more susceptible to damage and pain. A dental crown can replace this protective layer and restore the normal chewing functions of your teeth, preventing future complications.

Ultimately, dental crowns are one of the most effective treatments for improving your tooth’s health and enhancing your smile. If you are interested in receiving a dental crown, contact Willow Springs Dental, your Summerlin dentist, today to schedule a consultation.