I suffer from severely soft enamel on my teeth. No, I'm not, nor have I ever been bulimic, I do not suffer from acid reflux, and I do not chew icecubes or suck lemons, I have no medical conditions and am in excellent health, and my mother did not take any drugs, prescription or otherwise, while she was pregnant with me (all things that could cause such severe erosion.) My problems are simply genetic.
But here's what I'm wondering...20 and 29 were not in great shape at my last cleaning, but they weren't nearly as bad as they were AFTERWARDS...and now I just have to wonder, with enamel as soft as mine (my dentist has "diagnosed" it as being just slightly above the softest level of enamel possible) could the hard scrapings from the cleaning tools actually WORSEN my chipped and eroded enamel? The hygenist wasn't the greatest I've ever had, and as she's questioning me about if I crunch on hard candies or crunch on ice, I feel her picking and scraping so hard at my teeth that I swear she was flaking off enamel rather than just tartar. I put a flashlight to my teeth last week, and noticed my lower back molars also have a couple of enamel holes that weren't there before that last cleaning.
I see my dentist again in June to check these latest bondings; perhaps I should discuss with him the damage that is possibly being caused to my teeth right in his office by his hygenists. I'm wondering if hard scrapings during my cleanings should not be continued. He often comments on how, despite my problems, I have NO decay even where all the enamel has chipped off, because I take such good care of my teeth myself.
Could it be beneficial to insist the hygenists stop the hard scrapings?
Sorry, I left a bit of explanation out. Yesterday, I had to have 20 and 29 rebuilt and bonded, because they had ground down so severely yet they weren't as bad two short months ago before my cleaning.
I also have 11 crowns, have had six root canals and two apicos. Every time I go for a cleaning I wince when I hear how hard the hygenists scrape and pick and my teeth. Sometimes it seems like they're yanking hard at already soft, weak enamel then they lecture ME about not crunching on anything too hard.
That can't be good, it just CAN'T be. My oral hygene is excellent, so I really have no excessive tartar buildup (and no cavities or decay despite my severely worn/missing enamel on the few remaining now-crowned teeth.)
Routine dental cleaning procedure is not likely to damage sound enamel.it appears that you are havimg the condition known as amelogenesis imperfecta. If enemel chips away, the treatment of choice is full coverage crown.
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