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Tooth Enamel Loss 101

Your teeth are made up of layers. Those layers consist of the tooth enamel, the cementum, the dentin, and the pulp. The tooth enamel is the tough outer shell that protects the rest of the special layers, which is why it’s best to keep it in top-notch condition. Unfortunately, tooth enamel loss is a real problem in the world today, and it can alter your smile and oral health in many ways. To help you know a little more about this problem, our dentist, Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce, has some information for you.

Causes of enamel loss

The causes include overexposure to acid (from the foods and drinks you consume), physical damage to the teeth, and certain types of medicine. Acid causes enamel erosion, damage (whether it’s from a blow to the face or using your teeth as tools) can chip or break the tooth enamel, and medicine can also aid in the process of eroding tooth enamel.

Repair techniques for enamel loss

If your tooth enamel is harshly injured, then you will most likely need to repair it with a dental bonding treatment or a dental crown. The dental bonding treatment can help by covering the enamel with a tooth-colored dental resin. Your dentist will then shape and harden it. The resin covers the tooth and protects the enamel. The dental crown can help by replacing the entire tooth enamel layer. Once it’s custom made for your tooth, it will be cemented into place.

For more information and details about tooth enamel loss in Venice, Florida, please contact Velasquez-Pierce Family Dentistry and talk to a member of our dental team. All you need to do is dial 941-497-4997 and we will be more than happy to help you!

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