Enamel may be the strongest substance in the human body, but it’s not indestructible. Over time, it can erode, leaving the teeth especially vulnerable to damage and decay. Your diet, genetics, health, and oral hygiene all play a role in how slowly—or quickly—your enamel wears down. If you know the earliest signs of erosion, though, you can visit your dentist as soon as you recognize them. The sooner you seek treatment for worn enamel, the easier it will be to restore your smile.
3 Signs You May Have Worn Enamel
Dentin, which is yellow, lies just under the enamel. As such, the teeth may appear discolored as more of the enamel wears down and reveals the dentin underneath. The edges of the teeth may also look transparent because the dentin doesn't extend as far as the enamel does.
As teeth lose their enamel, they become more sensitive, especially to extreme temperatures. If you develop a toothache every time you have hot soup or a cold beverage, it may because your enamel has started to erode. Because sensitivity may also be caused by extensive decay, visit your dentist immediately if this symptom arises.
Enamel supports the structural integrity of each tooth, so as it erodes, the underlying teeth can become fairly brittle. If the edges of your teeth become jagged and rough, or you notice chips, cracks, or fractures, make an appointment with your dentist before the damage worsens.
If you think your enamel has eroded, turn to Richmond Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment. Backed by over 30 years of experience, this full-service practice is proud to meet the oral health needs of patients throughout Bryan County, GA. Their friendly dentists are equipped to perform both general and cosmetic procedures at their state-of-the-art facility. Whether you need teeth whitening or TMJ treatment, you can turn to them for compassionate care. To make an appointment, reach out online or call (912) 756-3880.