Your dental enamel is a vitally important part of any tooth. That is because dental enamel is truly the first defense your tooth has against damage and infection. Our Saint Louis dentists believe that the more our patients know about how their smiles work, the better able they are to protect their teeth for years to come.
So, with that in mind, today we are going to be explaining the ins and outs of dental enamel!
Take a look at your smile in the mirror: the visible portions of your teeth—the white and shiny and outer coverings—are made up of dental enamel. If you tap on your teeth with your fingernail, you’ll notice that dental enamel is hard. When you run your tongue over your enamel, you’ll find that it feels smooth and slick.
This is because dental enamel is specifically designed to be hard and somewhat non-porous. Dental enamel is like the wall of a fortress—it protects the weaker, more porous tooth layers that lay beneath it.
Dental enamel allows you to chew and drink comfortably. Enamel also protects your inner tooth from dental debris, sharp objects, and bacteria.
The problem is, dental enamel is not indestructible. Over time, physical abrasion as well as exposure to bacteria can weaken and wear down dental enamel. When this happens, your teeth are more likely to become infected, chipped, and cracked.
Many of the oral health recommendations we make, therefore, are aimed at maintaining and fortifying dental enamel. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as professional dental cleanings, help your teeth to stay resilient and stable.
Want to learn more about preventive and restorative dental treatments? Our Saint Louis dentists would be happy to provide you with the information you need. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
It certainly seems like a paradox that the time when a dental patient most needs guidance is also a time that is difficult to prepare for; I’m talking, of course, about the dental emergency. Whether you chip a tooth, lose a tooth, or sustain an injury to your oral tissues, the key to effective emergency treatment is quick thinking and timely treatment.
In today’s article our Saint Louis dentists will be giving you some additional information about how you can best care for your smile after a dental emergency. Keep reading to learn more!
Let’s say, for example, that you have a tooth knocked out. The number one goal is to be able to reinsert the natural tooth into the smile, so that it reattaches to the patient’s oral tissues. In order to facilitate this outcome, you want to:
· See a dentist as soon as possible after dental trauma—within an hour if you can
· Keep the tooth moist, and the tooth root viable until you can seek treatment
Ø If the tooth fits back into the tooth socket, gently hold it in place there until your appointment
Ø If the tooth does not easily and comfortably go back into the gum tissue, put the tooth in milk to preserve it—try not to clear off too much of the natural tooth root
Alternatively, if you chip a tooth, you simply want to see a dentist promptly so that he or she can rebuild your damaged enamel. You can keep the chipped away portion of your tooth in order to give the dentist an idea of your tooth’s previous natural dental shape.
If you are experiencing sensitivity due to the chip, use a cold compress to numb that area of your mouth. Do not put aspirin or another painkiller directly on the broken tooth. Limit the foods and drinks that come into contact with your damaged enamel.
Prior to dealing with a dental emergency, you want to make sure that you know who, exactly, you will call for professional care. Our Saint Louis dentists are always here to help—so just give us a call to learn more!
In many instances, the best way for our Saint Louis dentists to help patients achieve their dream smiles, is to combine useful treatments. There are certain treatments that are often employed in conjunction with one another—today we’ll be talking about some of these dental double whammies.
Dental whitening + Dental bonding
If you want to whiten your smile, professional dental whitening treatments can help you achieve full results quickly and affordably. However, some teeth are resistant to whitening formulations—that is where dental bonding comes into play.
Our dental team can whiten your smile as a whole with whitening treatments. Then, if you have damaged or persistently discolored teeth, we can cover these teeth with dental bonding, which I shaded to match your already whitened and brightened smile.
Dentures + Mini dental implants
This is a hugely exciting dental combo for patients suffering from tooth loss! While traditional dentures sat on top of the dental enamel, and were thus sometimes prone to shifting around, modern denture can actually be help permanently in place. Basically, our dental team uses small metal mini implant roots to attach the patient’s denture to his or her jawbone. Once the denture is in place, it stays in place 24/7/. We generally use about four mini implants to stabilize a full denture.
LUMINEERS + Dental implants
If you want to achieve a smile transformation, and you are currently missing teeth, you might choose to use LUMINEERS in conjunction with dental implants. LUMINEERS will cover your existing enamel, while dental implants will be used to replace individual teeth throughout the smile. The results are seamless and transformative.
Not sure what types of treatments might be right for your smile? That is why our Saint Louis dentists are here to help! Please feel free to call us, or use our website to reach our dental team, when you are ready to get started.
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