Tooth Enamel Repair

Tooth enamel repair is necessary when the enamel of your teeth become worn, chipped and cracked. This is a common dental problem and it usually results from poor oral health, excessive tooth grinding and the foods you consume.

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You can prevent tooth enamel erosion by practicing good oral hygiene, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. However, if you have already experienced enamel damage there are several treatment options.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is an essential mineral that prevents cavities and strengthens tooth enamel. Dentists often prescribe fluoride mouth rinses, gels and even toothpaste to help their patients prevent or repair tooth decay. Professional fluoride treatments are typically done in the dentist’s office in the form of a varnish or a gel or foam that is applied directly to the su 韓国歯科矯正 rface of the teeth. These in-office treatments have a higher concentration of fluoride than over the counter products.

While the benefits of fluoride are significant, too much can lead to dental fluorosis. This condition is characterized by tiny white spots or streaks on the tooth’s surface, and it occurs most often in children when they are forming their permanent teeth.

The best way to prevent tooth decay and repair weakened enamel is to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day, along with avoiding sugary snacks and beverages and chewing gum to stimulate saliva production can all go a long way in protecting your enamel. If you do experience damage to your enamel, however, a dental professional can recommend treatment options such as dental bonding or veneers.

Diet Changes

Tooth enamel is an important protective barrier that shields teeth from damage from everyday activities such as biting, chewing and brushing. It also insulates them 韓国歯科矯正 from hot and cold foods and drinks, preventing pain and sensitivity. Enamel can become eroded due to poor diet habits, tooth grinding or other environmental factors, which leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities and other dental problems.

Eating a balanced diet that includes calcium-rich foods such as dairy products and leafy greens can help strengthen your enamel. Drinking water throughout the day, especially after meals, can also promote saliva production and help neutralize enamel-damaging acids. In addition, choosing to chew sugar-free gum that contains xylitol between meals can help stimulate saliva production and reduce the acids and bacteria that cause enamel erosion.

Eliminating acidic beverages such as soda and fruit juice can also protect your enamel. If you must have these kinds of drinks, try drinking them through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth, and make sure that they are taken in small amounts over the course of the day.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an excellent minimally invasive tooth enamel repair solution that can usually be completed in one visit. This procedure uses a composite resin, which is a pliable putty-like material that can be molded to fit your tooth. The dentist starts by selecting a shade of the resin that matches your natural teeth color and roughening the surface to help it adhere to the tooth. The dentist then applies an etching liquid to improve the bonding process, and then covers the tooth with the composite resin and shapes it accordingly. The dentist then uses a curing light to harden the resin.

Once the resin is set, your dentist will polish and smooth it to give it a natural appearance. The procedure is usually done without anesthesia, unless the work needs to be performed near a nerve.

The maintenance of your bonded teeth is not much different than any other oral hygiene habits. You should continue to brush and floss, and visit your dentist regularly. It’s also important to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, as well as chewing on hard objects like nails or pen caps.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are made from porcelain or a resin-composite material that covers the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. They’re often used to repair chipped or broken teeth, discolored teeth and making small teeth appear larger. The procedure involves numbing the tooth or teeth, cleaning and polishing the surface and then etching it to roughen it. This allows the cement to adhere to it permanently. The veneer is then sculpted and colored to match the tooth or teeth.

Once the veneers are in place, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily. It’s also a good idea to use a mouth guard at night if you clench or grind your teeth.

Veneers can last between 7 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. The best way to keep them looking great is to prevent them from getting stained by eating or drinking highly pigmented foods or drinks and by avoiding smoking. Using a dental whitening treatment once a year can also keep them white.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that we place over a damaged, misshapen, or discolored tooth. They restore the tooth’s typical size and shape, and also add strength to a tooth that has lost significant enamel due to acid erosion or other treatment procedures (like large fillings).

There are many different types of crowns we use at Parmer Lane, depending on each patient’s unique needs and preferences. Porcelain crowns are the most popular type used today. They look like your natural teeth and allow some light to show through them, just as real tooth enamel does.

Other types of crowns include porcelain fused to high-noble metal, full cast gold crowns, and stainless steel crowns. We may recommend all-porcelain crowns if you want the most natural-looking result possible. Regardless of the type of crown you receive, we will first take a detailed scan of your mouth using our iTero scanner to create an incredibly accurate model. This ensures that your new crown will fit perfectly. We will also treat any existing decay or damage to the tooth before placing it.