Do your teeth feel smooth to the touch when you run your tongue over them? Or, do they have a rough surface? Those with rough teeth should get their teeth checked by a dentist as it is a sure sign that your teeth need some attention. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the common causes of tooth erosion and also some of the solutions that can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamt of.
Tartar and plaque
Plaque and tartar are the most common causes for your teeth feeling rough to the touch. While plaque can normally be dealt with by brushing alone, tartar will need the help of a dentist to get rid of as it is a hardened build-up of plaque. Tartar can lead to gum disease as well as tooth decay. A dental hygienist will normally be able to clear away tartar builds up with a simple scale and polish.
Enamel is the protective surface of the tooth and over time this can erode away and leave holes, pits and other damage in the surface of the tooth. This can cause surface staining but also bigger problems such as sensitivity for hot and cold products as well as toothache. If left untreated then eroded enamel will lead to you needing a filling or root canal treatment. Luckily there are a couple of alternative preventative measures that can help stop further damage to the enamel and protect your teeth prior to needing a filling or root canal.
This is the first method and often the best fit for those with very minor damage to the enamel on their teeth. Using a specially formulated composite your dentist will bond this to the surface of your teeth to help replace and worn away enamel. One of the advantages of composite bonding is that it requires zero surgery, but as the composite used is porous it can deteriorate over time and may need replacing.
The second option and one of the most effective is to replace the damaged enamel with a porcelain veneer. These offer a long lasting and strong alternative to composite bonding and will help to give you beautiful looking teeth. As porcelain veneers need to be bonded to the tooth the process requires a fine layer of your tooth’s enamel to be removed in order to take an impression. Veneers are then produced in the laboratory and then fitted by your dentist.
Veneers can take up to 2 weeks to produce during which time you will be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth. So if you’ve noticed that your teeth are rough or they have started to become sensitive, then it’s time to book an appointment with your dentist to help prevent enamel damage before it’s too late.