The crowns for major cavities are too large to be filled, and dental adhesion is used to protect the surfaces of several teeth. Worn and missing enamel makes teeth more susceptible to cavities and infections, such as painful tooth abscesses. It also affects the appearance of your smile, as erosion usually occurs as gaps in the teeth and general wear and tear on the tooth surface and the edges of the bite. This can expose the dentin underneath, which is darker and yellower in color than the enamel, and can make teeth more sensitive to heat and cold, or to acidic foods and beverages. Enamel cannot be reproduced, but dentists can offer a little help repairing the worn-out mineral.
To prevent further decay, they may add a veneer or crown to damaged teeth. If your teeth are cracked or broken as a result of enamel erosion, you may need aesthetic dental restorations, such as a crown, bridge, or veneers. It is important to understand what causes enamel erosion in order to prevent it from happening in the first place. Researchers have theorized that it could have to do with malabsorption problems in the small intestine, which could prevent teeth from receiving the nutrients needed for their proper development and cause erosion.
We suggest that you use these tips to limit acid production in your mouth and help protect your precious teeth:
- Avoid using your teeth to open bottles, chew on nails or pens, or use your teeth for something other than what they're designed to do.
- Follow a healthy and balanced diet and reduce the consumption of acidic, sugary and starchy foods, such as soft drinks, desserts and French fries.
- Chew sugar-free gum between meals when it's not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush.
Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored material known as resin is applied to stained or damaged teeth.