Biting into an apple and having your teeth break off or may sound like something from a bad dream. However, weak teeth are a reality that you don’t want to mess with. If you have started to notice that your teeth chip easily or are starting to wear down, you may be suffering from weak tooth enamel. To learn more about weak enamel, read on.
Weak Enamel Causes
Your teeth are comprised of three different layers; the top layer (the enamel), the middle layer (the dentin), and the bottom layer (the root). As the part of your tooth that protects the other layers, you enamel can erode and wear down over time due to things such as exposure to harmful foods, beverages, medications, tobacco use, or illnesses such as bulimia. When your teeth are consistently exposed to harmful chemicals such as stomach acid, the enamel starts to wear down which weakens your teeth in the process.
How Can Weak Enamel Be Treated?
Depending on how severe your weak enamel is, Dr. Joel Smith deciphers what kind of treatment should be used. Treatment options for weak enamel include dental sealants, bonding, and crowns.
- Dental Sealants: Sealants are a thin substance that is painted directly onto your teeth. Once the substance has dried, it will act as a temporary barrier between your teeth and food and beverages.
- Dental Bonding: Dental bonding is a stronger method used to protect your teeth against harmful foods and beverages. By using a combination of resin and a cured light, the resin will then be cured to your existing teeth and build a strong barrier.
- Dental Crowns: Crowns are a dental product that is used when your tooth’s enamel is particularly weak. Dental crowns are placed over the entire tooth to help seal it from further weakening or decay.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have weak tooth enamel, Dr. Joel Smith can help to fix the problem. To learn more about this and other dental issues, call Dr. Joel Smith’s office today at (409) 895-0089