Tooth Enamel Loss

There are many ways you can lose the enamel on your teeth. This happens gradually as we age. It also happens when we eat certain high-acid or sugary foods over a long period. Cigarette smoking, too, can cause the enamel on your teeth to deteriorate. Why is enamel important? The enamel is the outer, protective coating of the teeth, it’s the hardest part of the human body. Enamel protects the interior of your teeth from damage when you bite or chew or grind your teeth. It also insulates your teeth from extreme temperatures, so you don’t injure your teeth when you ingest something very hot or very cold.

Signs of tooth enamel loss include discoloration, increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods, chips and dents along the edges of the teeth and indentations on the surface of the teeth.

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What to do if you have tooth enamel loss

The good news is that tooth enamel loss, also known as enamel erosion, can be successfully treated in most cases. While tooth enamel cannot be regrown, there are many ways we can seal and protect your teeth from further damage and reduce or eliminate your symptoms. If the loss is minor, bonding may be all that is needed to recover the tooth and seal it against further enamel erosion. Additionally, this involves using a tooth-colored resin to coat the exterior of your tooth. Bonding will also help to restore the bright, white color of your teeth. In more severe cases of tooth enamel erosion, we will likely recommend covering the affected tooth or teeth completely with veneers. This means lightly grinding the surface of the affected tooth and affixing a new enameled face to the tooth.

To learn more about preventing and treating tooth enamel loss, visit us online at Michael J. Tupka DDS or request an appointment by calling (insert contact information). Our friendly and caring dental staff has more than 80 years of combined experience in dentistry.

Benefits of Dental Implants

A toothy grin can provide an excellent first impression — but what if you are currently missing teeth? It’s only natural to feel self-conscious, whether your smile lacks one or several teeth.

Thankfully, it’s possible to restore your smile and your confidence. Your best bet? Dental implants. Forming a sturdy base, these allow you to quickly and effectively fill the gaps left by missing teeth. This solution imparts a myriad of benefits, a few of which are highlighted below:

Improved Self-Esteem

Our smiles have a significant impact on how we feel about ourselves and our appearance. Dental implants can play a key role in how you feel about your look. No longer do you need to hide your smile for fear of others seeing or commenting on your missing teeth. In addition to immediately improving the appearance of your smile, dental implants may help to preserve the natural contours of your face, ensuring a long-term natural look.

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Ease of Eating

Eating can prove surprisingly tricky when you are missing one or more teeth. By replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, implants make it easier to consume hard foods such as nuts or meat. Not only will this dramatically improve your enjoyment of everyday meals, but it will also make it easier for you to maintain a nutritious diet. No longer will you be restricted to soft foods or forced to eat on just one side of your mouth.

Keeping Your Other Teeth Intact

Dental implants may not be the only option for addressing missing teeth, but they hold the greatest potential to keep the entirety of your smile intact. While alternative options such as bridges may be available, these could require significant reductions to the existing structure of your other teeth. With implants, however, there is no need to alter the size or shape of the surrounding teeth. This could improve the long-term health and vitality of your entire smile.

Durable and surprisingly convenient, implants are an excellent option for improving the overall health and appearance of your smile. You will never regret giving your smile the attention and care it deserves.

Dental Implants and You

Most people equate missing teeth with having to wear dentures. While dentures might be the best option for some patients, there are also many who do exceptionally well with dental implants. […]