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Enamel (Overview)

Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth composed of a crystalline structure called hydroxyapatite. Enamel is the part of the tooth you see in the mouth. It is the hardest part of the human body when in a non-carious state.


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What should I do for enamel errosion?

What should I do for enamel errosion?

Strengthen enamel: Enamel erosion is the result of acids- from your diet or from your intestinal system (gastroesophageal reflux)- wearing away the enamel on the tooths surface. Fluoride in gels, rinses and toothpaste and mi paste may be helpful to strengthen the enamel and make it more resilient to the acid attacks.

Enamel (Overview)

Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth composed of a crystalline structure called hydroxyapatite. Enamel is the part of the tooth you see in the mouth. It is the hardest part of the human body when in a non-carious state.


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How do you know when your enamels wearing off?

How do you know when your enamels wearing off?

Easily seen: If it is severe wear, you should be able to see the wear yourself. In the earlier stages a dentist can easily determine any enamel wear from any deviation from normal tooth anatomy such as wear facets.

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What is the definition or description of: enamel?

Outer part of tooth: Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth composed of a crystalline structure called hydroxyapatite. Enamel is the part of the tooth you see in the mouth. It is the hardest part of the human body when in a non-carious state.

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Could you tell me what happens when enamel is gone?

Could you tell me what happens when enamel is gone?

Potential for decay: Without enamel protection, the less calcified dentin is exposed which is more susceptible to decay, acid erosion, and sensitivity.

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What does it mean that my enamel is completely gone?

Protective layer: The enamel is the protective layer of your tooth, either through chemical erosion or physical trauma or a developmental problem yours is gone. The dentin is the next layer of tooth which is generally very sensitive, you get inside the dentin and you have your nerve. Dentin decays much faster than enamel, he or she probably wants to crown your tooth if it is indeed restorable.

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Is it impossible to replace your enamel if it's gone?

Yes: However, in order to replace missing tooth structure you need to have a dentist do that with materials like composites (filling material) or porcelain but missing tooth can be replaced however it does not always have to be. This depends on your cosmetic and functional needs. A dentist examining you can better address what your needs are.

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Is there a way to rebuild enamel?

Can't do this: Unfortunately you can't. Once enamel is gone whether from decay, wear, erosion, fracture, it is gone and the only way to rebuild it is with a restoration: filling or crown. Fluorides and mi paste will help strengthen and reverse very small enamel lesions.

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Do metal retainers wear away enamel?

Enamel wear: I have never seen that happen and I have been in practice almost 30 years (assuming you are not chewing on the metal trying to destroy your teeth).

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Could enamel really never come back?

Yes never: enamel is only formed from the tooth bud prior to eruption. In the future if we learn through stem cell research how Beavers grow more enamel or Sharks grow more teeth then this answer will change.

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How can I tell if I have weak enamel?

NO SUCH THING: Enamel is stronger than bone. If you use a hard toothbrush or suck on lemons than you can wear away the enamel layer.

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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.

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Is it possible for enamel to really never come back?

Is it possible for enamel to really never come back?

Correct: That is why it is so important to protect it.

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Could you explain why do I have cavities and poor enamel?

Could you explain why do I have cavities and poor enamel?

Perhaps: Perhaps you haven't been brushing and flossing often enough nor properly and have been eating too many foods that contribute to tooth decay. These would be major causes of dental caries and destruction of your tooth enamel. See a dentist who can examine you and advise you how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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Is there a way to rebuild enamel other than using a crown?

Yes: However, it depends on how much damage has happened to your tooth/teeth. Composite (tooth colored) filling material can be used if the damage is minimal. Other options might include partial crowns such as ceramic onlays. If you want the most conservative treatment options try to find a dentist that has a cerec machine.

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Is using fixodent on enamel cap temporarily considered safe?

Should be fine: But see your dentist soon to have it cemented permanently otherwise the tooth may decay.

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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.

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Is it possible to rebuild the enamel lost due to bleaching with tray?

Is it possible to rebuild the enamel lost due to bleaching with tray?

Yes: If you have white spots or areas of demineralization, your dentist can rx you mi paste. This cream restores the oral mineral imbalances that cause demineralization by replacing minerals while improving saliva flow and Fluoride uptake as well as soothing sensitive surfaces. It binds readily to pellicle, plaque, soft tissue & hydroxyapatite when applied within the oral cavity.

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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.