Wear and unhealthy eating can damage enamel. Learn about enamel repair.
What is the hardest substance in the human body? The spine? The skull?
You may be surprised to find that the answer is tooth enamel. Primarily made up of crystalline calcium phosphate, enamel provides a resilient barrier that protects the teeth from erosion and decay. In spite of their strength, unhealthy eating habits or years of general wear and tear can cause degradation in your enamel.
Damaged tooth enamel will not naturally regenerate, meaning that specialized treatment to repair tooth enamel will be necessary once your teeth get to a certain point..
Fortunately, Penn Dental Family Practice offers targeted treatments to prevent tooth enamel damage and repair damage that has already occurred. Learn about five recommended treatment approaches below.
Treatment Options for Damaged Tooth Enamel
What can you do if you have experienced significant tooth enamel wear? Listed below are five dentist-recommended treatment options for repairing and restoring the appearance and protective functions of your tooth’s enamel.
- Prevention: Fluoride and Preventive Care
With preventive care, you can maintain the strength and health of your tooth enamel and proactively avoid damage. Making sure your teeth are receiving sufficient fluoride for optimal resilience is a key preventive action you can take. Use fluoride toothpaste and undergo supplemental fluoride treatments at your dentist’s office if needed. These actions should be paired with other preventive measures, such as healthy eating and regular brushing and flossing.
- Restoration: Remineralization
Minor damage to the enamel can be restored with remineralization treatments. Remineralizing toothpastes and applicants can help to replenish your tooth enamel with calcium and essential minerals. These treatments can typically be performed at home.
- Repair: Dental Bonding
If damage to your tooth enamel is too advanced for restorative measures to be effective, treatments to repair enamel will be recommended. One such treatment option is to repair tooth enamel with dental bonding. Dental bonding involved the application of a dental resin to the tooth surface to protect areas that are damaged and restore the intact surface.
- Repair: Veneers
Enamel damage is usually experienced on the front of your teeth. If the outward facing area of your teeth has experienced a serious degree of damage, the enamel can be replaced with porcelain veneers.
- Repair: Crowns
In the most severe cases of enamel damage, the affected teeth can be fitted with dental crowns, which cover the entire surface of the tooth. This protects the interior of the tooth and is often recommended in cases where damage is not limited to the front of the teeth.
Repair Tooth Enamel at Penn Dental Family Practice
Whatever stage of treatment you need—preventive care, restorative care, or treatments to repair tooth enamel—our team of dentists at Penn Dental Family Practice can provide you with the most effective care available. To learn more about tooth enamel treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact Penn Dental Family Practice today.