1. Cap the Tooth with a CrownIf the enamel is weak enough, a crown can be used to cap the tooth. This will protect the damaged areas and restore the tooth’s function. If pain has prevented you from eating, it will now go away. Additional decay can be prevented as well. Crowning is a procedure done in a dental office and each crown is fit to the unique size and requirements of the person’s teeth.
2. Tooth BondingBonding is used in mild cases of enamel erosion. A tinted resin is applied to the damaged tooth; it then hardens and the dentist will polish and trim the resin to perfect the fit. Bonding is usually completed in an hour during one dental appointment.
3. Get VeneersA dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that fits over the front of the tooth. Some enamel is removed anyway when veneers are put in, and they are permanently attached to the tooth with cement, which hardens upon exposure to a special light beam. Teeth are still prone to staining and decay. Veneers can restore your mouth if a lot of enamel has worn away and you want to have a better smile.
4. Use Plenty of FluorideFluoride is a compound found in some toothpaste that helps strengthen enamel. Your teeth are therefore protected against acid and other aggressive substances. It’s best to start using fluoride as early as possible, so it’s also recommended for kids.
Enamel restoration can be tricky. Try to protect enamel by avoiding drinks with sugar in them, and try not to swish drinks around in your mouth, which can expose more of each tooth to corrosive acids. Rinse after eating, consume more dairy, and drink green and black tea that have antioxidants that can prevent tooth erosion. Starches, citrus fruits, and fruit juice can also damage enamel. Although some enamel erosion throughout your life is likely, there are ways to protect and restore it when the time comes.