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Dentin pentrating into enamel, what to do?

Dentin pentrating into enamel, what to do?

Confused?: Do you mean "dental caries\tooth decay" penetrating into enamel? If yes, see a dentist for treatment. Dentin is the tooth structure underneath the enamel. ...Read more

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What type of restorations can you put on dentin with no enamel?

See your dentist: Enamel serves to keep the dentin safe from daily use like chewing, biting, crunching and grinding. When enamel damaged, the tooth is more susceptible to cavities.There are variety of options to fix lost enamel: for small erosion bonding is used. If the enamel loss is significant, full crown maybe a solution. See your dentist for evaluation, xrays and treatment. ...Read more

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Could sensitive toothpaste work to cover exposed dentin and reduce pain?

Could sensitive toothpaste work to cover exposed dentin and reduce pain?

Sensitivity?: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Each case has to be examined as to causes, etc. and treatment options discussed along with likelihood of success. Discuss this with your local dentist after a careful examination. ...Read more

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Why enamel is seen in the ground section only while dentin is seen in ground and decalcified section?

Dissolve the organic: Dentin is 70-75% inorganic and 25-30% organic, whereas enamel is almost all calcium and 4% organic matters. Hence enamel gets completely destroyed during decalcification. Ground section is to study the inorganic part. Decalcification is to study the organic part. ...Read more

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Is it okay to keep dentin on your tooth exposed?

Not really: Dentin is softer than enamel and will decay or wear away quicker than a tooth that is properly restored. There are certain situations where dentin is exposed and no harm occurs, but each case is different and needs to be regularly monitored. ...Read more

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Can dentin be exposed on chewing surface of front tooth?

Can dentin be exposed on chewing surface of front tooth?

Yes it can: The chewing surface of front teeth can become chipped, worn or damaged as the result of excessive wear, malocclusion, para functional habits, bruxism (grinding), bulimia, erosion, chemical food damage (lemons, limes, etc) and other reasons. These things can expose dentin. Front teeth are extremely important for proper function. See your dentist to evaluate & determine an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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I can see a white line on the tooth and i'm assuming thats my dentin. Should i be worried?

Probably hypocalcif: The white area is probably a hypocalcified region (more water). Maintaining the control of the region by eliminating the bacteria is you best bet to assure you do not get decay or gum problems. Look at the perio protect method as a possible solution. ...Read more