Your teeth are protected by a strong outer layer known as enamel. It is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is not invulnerable. Unlike your soft tissues, skin, or bones, your enamel cannot regenerate itself after damage or injury. Once enamel is compromised, it will not grow back or heal. Enamel can be restored through dentistry with a composite resin material. Enamel is not always lost in one swoop like a chip or crack. Enamel can erode over time and there are situations where enamel can erode at too fast a rate. Enamel erosion leaves the teeth susceptible to decay, damage, and loss. If you notice the following signs of eroding enamel, talk to your dentist in Fort Worth, Texas.
Your Smile Looks Dull & Yellow
Albeit strong, enamel is thin and translucent. The underlying tooth layer, the dentin, can be seen through the enamel. As enamel wears down and the layer gets thinner, more of the inner tissue can be seen. If this is the situation, be careful with whitening treatments at home especially the erosive treatments like activated charcoal. Talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth as an expert will notice if the dull, yellowing appearance is due to enamel erosion.
Your Teeth Feel Sensitive
Enamel does not have nerves, but the inner parts of your teeth do. At its strongest, enamel protects the inner tissues of your teeth from feeling anything from biting or chewing. When the enamel is weaker due to erosion, you may begin feeling tinges of pain from hot or cold foods.
It Becomes Difficult To Chew
If your teeth have severely eroded enamel, much of the inner tissues can be exposed. This can make it painful and difficult to bite and chew. If bacteria has reached the inner areas of teeth, a filling or a root canal treatment may be necessary to disinfect the tooth.
Enamel erosion can lead to serious problems
Do you notice any signs of eroding enamel? To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.