Unlike a broken bone that can be repaired by the body, once a tooth chips or breaks, the damage is done forever. Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth and this tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. You wouldn’t think that the toughest substance in your body would be prone to decay, but your tooth enamel is constantly taking a beating for the things you eat and drink. Enamel is similar to bone in that once it's gone, this lost portion can't be retrieved and Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD will recommend options to restore it.
Because it’s impossible for your body to produce new enamel, your goal should be to strengthen and repair the enamel you have left. This can be done through a process called “remineralization.” By using dental products that contain fluoride and calcium, you can actually focus on these weak spots to strengthen existing enamel before it wears away for good. So this brings us to our question, can tooth enamel be restored? As long as the erosion hasn't caused it to disappear entirely, the answer is yes. Brushing your teeth with enamel-strengthening toothpaste is a great first step, but you can also change some damaging behaviors to do your teeth a lasting favor, such as eating foods that don’t cling to your teeth.
If you fear that you’re at risk for enamel erosion, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.drrobertruyak.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD in Bethlehem, PA, call 610-861-0777.