Can My Teeth Heal?

Maybe you wonder if your teeth can heal, similar to the way your body will heal if you accidentally bruise yourself, end up with a minor cut, etc. As you may have guessed, your teeth don’t exactly regenerate the way the rest of your tissues do. In fact, you can’t expect much from them once damage has been done. However, that’s not to say you cannot fix problems in their infancy in some cases. Let’s make our way through important details, so you know what to expect from smile care.

Early Problems Are Sometimes Reversible

Once you have a cavity in your tooth, the problem is there forever (and will get worse). However, when decay first begins to form but you do not yet have missing dental tissue, you may be able to reverse this! Brush as we suggest with fluoridated paste. Use any recommended fluoride rinse. As a result, softening tissue may re-harden, thanks to the deposit of minerals from your smile care. Aside from this instance, when damage occurs, your tooth will not rebuild itself.

Serious Problems Need Our “Healing”

Since your tooth isn’t just going to heal, you need professional smile care. This might become necessary if your tooth is damaged (like a break, crack, or cavity), if disease is present (like an infection or tooth decay), or if any other ailment is impacting your tooth. We can repair problems with restorative care. Not sure what’s wrong or what you need? We can tell you. Simply schedule time for an appointment.

Extraction Is Always An Option

Worried that you are going to be stuck forever with a severely damaged tooth in your mouth? When the issue requires it, removal and replacement is one of your options. So, don’t worry.

Learn More About Protecting Tooth Tissue

Find out how to keep teeth safe and how to fix them, should problems arise. Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.