tooth enamel erosionEnamel is an important part of your tooth’s anatomy. It is the outer layer of your tooth and is the hardest substance found in the body; even harder than bones. Its purpose is to protect your teeth from damage while eating and to insulate the nerves beneath the tooth from exposure to hot, cold, or sugary substances. It’s important that you take steps to protect your tooth enamel from excessive wear and breakage.

Unlike other cells in the body that can regenerate when they become damaged, tooth enamel is not comprised of living cells, and therefore, cannot regenerate in that same manner. Your teeth rely on the minerals in your saliva to refinish minor tooth enamel erosion but cannot repair major damage like cracks, deep cavities or chips.

How can you tell if your enamel has become affected by erosion?

The most common symptom of tooth enamel erosion is a sharp or lingering dull pain after exposure to extreme temperature drinks or foods (hot or cold) or really sugary drinks/foods. Other signs of enamel erosion include finding small pits/pores on the surface of your teeth. If you experience any pain while eating or find that you are avoiding certain foods because of the fear of pain, you’ll want to call your dentist for an appointment to address the damage.

Don’t ignore the symptoms or you could end up needing more invasive oral surgeries or crowns. The good news is that with advances in sedation dentistry, even the most dreaded visit is surmountable. Dr. Kidess has helped hundreds and can help you too! Contact our office today!

Next: Part II – Avoiding Tooth Enamel Erosion