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Can Restoration Treatment Regenerate Your Enamel?

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Can Restoration Treatment Regenerate Your Enamel?Enamel is a super-hard covering made of minerals; however, when it is damaged, it cannot regenerate itself unlike other parts of our body. Using fluoride and other remineralizing substances can help strengthen your enamel and prevent the risk of cavities.

How Is Enamel Formed?

Your tooth is made up of both living and non-living parts. The dental pulp in the center of our tooth is made of living tissues, nerves, and blood vessels and can feel pain. The second layer of the tooth called the dentin is also living and appears as a brown and porous substance. This comprises the major part of the tooth.

The outermost, translucent-white layer is the tooth enamel and is made of calcium phosphate and other minerals. This outermost layer is non-living and cannot experience the sensation. This layer is formed by specialized cells called ameloblasts which disappear once the enamel is fully formed. A fully-developed tooth has very few ameloblasts or other living substances.

How Is Enamel Lost?

When we eat or drink anything, the bacteria in our mouth gradually dissolves the calcium compound on the enamel. This process is known as demineralization. Teeth that are severely demineralized have thin enamel and appear yellow.

Fortunately, we can reduce the process of demineralization. This can be done by brushing your teeth twice a day every day and flossing once a day. Keeping your routine dental treatment appointments with Dr. Justin E. Stout DMD and Dr. Stout at Simi Hills Dental can also reduce enamel deterioration.

In addition, consuming fluoride or applying fluoride products to your teeth can also prevent enamel degradation and can help strengthen your enamel. At Simi Hills Dental, we can offer you a professional fluoride treatment to fortify your teeth.

Why Can Enamel Not Always Be Saved?

When enamel continues to lose its minerals without replenishing them, it will eventually be destroyed. This will leave the underlying dentin layer unprotected against bacteria. Hence, your teeth will become sensitive and there is a high chance that you will experience tooth decay and infection.

At this stage, applying remineralizing treatments will not regenerate your enamel. However, we can prevent further damage to your remaining enamel. Some treatment options we offer are filling the cavity or placing bonding material or veneers on your weakened teeth.

Enamel plays the most crucial role in preventing cavities so it is important you protect it. If you experience tooth sensitivity and decay, schedule an appointment with us at (805) 306-0200 so that we can protect and restore the damage to your enamel.

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