When it comes to all that can go wrong with your oral health, you probably know about cavities, gum disease, wisdom teeth, and… anything else? Education is an important factor in keeping your smile healthy as you age, and you may not know about tooth enamel erosion yet. This is what happens when the outer layer of your teeth gradually wears away due to one of several factors — and it can cause real problems when if it happens to you. Keep reading to learn more about enamel erosion, and how a dental crown in Wesley Chapel can reverse the problem.
Enamel: A Shield of Armor
Your teeth are made up of several layers, with the tooth enamel being the very outer one. It is white, hard (one of the hardest materials in your body, in fact), and porous. Tooth enamel protects the soft inner tissue of the tooth, like the dentin and the pulp.
But It’s Not Perfect
Tooth enamel is hard, but it can wear away over time if it is regularly exposed to acids in what you eat and drink or pressure from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Tooth enamel is constantly going through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. Coffee, soda, and citrus leech the minerals out of the teeth and if it is not restored through remineralization, this can lead to the wearing away of the tooth enamel. Certain medications can cause this to occur, too. People who grind their teeth at night are also at a higher risk of experiencing weak or worn enamel.
The side effects of enamel erosion include:
- Increased tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, air, sugar, and pressure
- Visible wear and tear of the teeth
- Gum recession
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Graying or darkening teeth
How to Fix Eroded Tooth Enamel
Visiting your dentist every six months as recommended can help to ensure you receive treatment for eroded enamel before it becomes a serious issue. Remineralization with fluoride can help to bring back important nutrients to the enamel, strengthening weak spots and reversing the damage that may have occurred.
However, the enamel erosion may be so significant that remineralization is no longer possible with a simple fluoride treatment. If one or more teeth are severely worn down due to teeth grinding and clenching or another factor, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. This is a common restorative solution that renew the form and function of the tooth. With this method, a covering made out of ceramic, metal alloys, or gold is created according to the unique dentition of the tooth and securely bonded on top.
No matter the solution for your tooth/teeth, the important thing is seeking a solution for enamel erosion right away. Go ahead and get in touch with your restorative dentist today!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Jay A. Nelson is a general dentist in Wesley Chapel offering superior general, restorative, and cosmetic services from the comfort of his state-of-the-art office. To learn more about his services or to discuss the problem of enamel erosion, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 813-949-0424.