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Repair Tooth Enamel Naturally
Teeth whitening: Dentist directed tooth whitening best. White strips will work. Avoid any so called natural processes that use acidic or abrasive ingredients. These will damage your teeth and not whiten them. Stick with a method that is safe. ...Read more
Enamel growing: No. Enamel is usually done its formation in a tooth when the tooth erupts through the gums into the mouth. There are experiments going on now with stem cells to grow enamel and natural teeth, however, no enamel growth is taking place under a cap, if it did it would push the cap off. ...Read more
Restore enamel?: Minor decalcifications can be remineralized with certain products such as mi paste. There are other products as well. Anything more than that would require dental restorations such as bonded fillings, veneers, inlays\onlays or crowns. There is no current way to actually replace enamel with enamel. Once lost, it is lost! ...Read more
Not possible yet: There is nothing available today to regrow lost tooth enamel. For early decalcification, there are some remineralizing products such a mi paste. Lost enamel can be replaced by various restorative methods. Consult with your own dentist for specific evaluation and advise. If your teeth are worn, consider orthodontic consult and\or bruxism appliance. ...Read more
Exactly: It is hard to tell you "exactly" what is the cause of your lost enamel, since we do not know "exactly" what has been lost! has enamel chipped off near the gumline? Is it worn away on the buccal surface? Are the edges worn away? Your problem is best addressed by a local dentist who can actually examine what your problem is. ...Read more
Just accidentally bit a fork and believe I chipped off part of the enamel on my bottom front tooth. No pain. what am I looking am at my appointment?
No worries: If the chip is unsightly, your dentist can bond it to restore the chipped area. There is no need to do so if it looks OK. ...Read more
Several: Any tooth paste with fluoride make the tooth more resistant to the acids that cause decay. If you get a tooth paste that is designed with a calcium and fluoride combination you can get minor remineralization (hardening) of the tooth. Tooth paste such as Pronamel and Colgate Enamel Health can be good for this. Any tooth paste should not be too abrasive as this can wear enamel away. Hope this is h ...Read more
Depends: What is it damaged from? If theres decay, you need restorative work. If its staining, then whiten with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. If theres broken teeth, reconstruction may be necessary. Best get an evaluation done to determine the cause. Then treatment can be recommended. ...Read more
White spots: One of the first signs of weakening of enamel occurs a white spot lesions as in the post picture. This is sign of enamel demineralization usually related to poor brushing habits, frequent snacking and drinking acidic, sugary drinks such as soda. Eventually the enamel breaks down and you then see cavitations or holes which is a cavity. ...Read more
Incomplete question: why not just paraphrase the entire sentence? Respectfully. ...Read more
No: If your enamel is thin it is likely due to problems like grinding, trauma, bulimia (acids from the stomach erode tooth enamel). Once tooth structure is lost it can be replaced but only by a dentist. If this an area of concern to you see your dentist and ask him or her what you can do. ...Read more
Rebuilding: Demineralization is when a tooth has lost its minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and is weakened. Remineralization is when it gains it back and is restrengthened. The enamel can also trade a Fluoride atom for an oh- molecule and become even stronger than it was before. Thats why they put Fluoride in the water and in toothpaste -- sometimes a dentist may also refer to this as remineralization. ...Read more
Basically, Yes.: Both of these procedures change the shapes of your teeth by gently removing a little of the enamel and then polishing those areas. This can result in a dramatic improvement in your smile. Over a lifetime, this enamel is going to be lost to "normal" wear & tear anyway, slowly over the years, so removing it a bit ahead of schedule does no real harm. Just be conservative and take only what you need. ...Read more
Rebuilding: Enamel is made up of complex crystals of calcium phosphate and organic material. These crystals lose calcium etc as theydemineralize. If the damage isn't too extensive calcium and phosphate from the saliva is taken and the crystal structure remineralized/repaired. Fluiride, if available, can also be incorporated in this structure making the crystal more resistant to acid attack. ...Read more
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