The erosion of tooth enamel is a serious dental problem that damages the surface area of the entire tooth. Without treatment, the issue can seriously affect the individual’s dental health. Furthermore, if left too late, the problem of enamel erosion can lead to costly cosmetic dentistry to restore the tooth’s natural appearance and function.
Impressively, tooth enamel, the protective covering for your teeth, is the strongest material in the body. It’s this ultra-tough stuff that allows our teeth to crunch through food without damage.
It is the front-line shield that protects your teeth from bacteria that erode the teeth. With enamel protecting the dentin beneath it, it’s essential that we maintain the enamel’s defensiveness and if possible, restore any lost tooth enamel. The trouble is that once your tooth enamel is badly eroded, there is no way to effectively restore it. You can make small improvements to minor erosion, but once the enamel is worn, you are looking at cosmetic treatment as your only option.
Due to the amount of acidic food and beverages that Americans consume, it is our diet that is the major cause of enamel erosion. By modifying your diet, you can reduce the amount enamel lost through acidity.
The type of treatment that is required for dental enamel erosion depends entirely upon the severity of the damage to the teeth. If the attrition of the tooth is only minor or moderate, and it does not affect the appearance of the teeth, then it’s unnecessary to treat the problem directly.
If the patient experiences sensitive teeth, due to the enamel erosion, then a dentist may recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste to reduce the level of sensitivity. You can ask your dentist if they will paint your teeth with a fluoride varnish to protect the tooth and repair the enamel. Using a fluoride product may help to re-mineralize the tooth and assist with natural tooth enamel restoration.
If the damage to the tooth enamel is extensive, then it may be necessary for you to get some restorative cosmetic treatment. Of course, this depends on the extent of the damage and degree of wear that your tooth enamel exhibits.
Depending upon the level of erosion, the treatment may range from tooth bonding, to crowns or veneers, or even bridges. If you’re experiencing problems with tooth function and appearance due to enamel erosion, you should consult a cosmetic dentist. They will give you a full evaluation of your current dental circumstances and recommend the best treatment for you. Remember, it may not be possible to naturally restore your tooth enamel, so great care should be taken with the natural enamel that we have and steps followed to reduce further loss of tooth enamel.
Regardless of the type of treatment that they receive, patients should continue to follow a preventive plan to ensure that further tooth enamel loss is minimised. Dental insurance policies may not cover cosmetic treatments, so for individuals and families that are considering cosmetic restorative treatments, it may be a good idea to consider joining a discount dental plan, to greatly reduce the cost of treatments, including most cosmetic procedures available.