Dental Treatments For Thinning Enamel

When your tooth enamel starts thinning, it means that you have enamel erosion, which can raise your risk for cavities and tooth sensitivity. Enamel erosion can be caused by consuming large quantities of acidic foods and drinks, eating foods high in sugar, acid reflux disease, taking certain medications, and grinding your teeth. While taking measures to prevent enamel thinning in the first place is best, enamel erosion may develop despite your best efforts. If you have enamel erosion of your teeth, consider the following treatments that may be recommended by your family dentist.


Dental crowns are an effective treatment option for thinning enamel, especially if your teeth are fragile and at risk for breakage or chips. While dental crowns do not stop the progression of enamel erosion, they do protect vulnerable teeth that have been negatively affected by thinning enamel.

In addition, because enamel erosion can lead to pain and sensitivity when consuming certain foods and drinks, you may be unable to enjoy your meals. Dental crowns can help relieve pain and tooth sensitivity so that consuming sweet, hot, or cold beverages and foods will be more tolerable.

If your dentist believes that crowns are the appropriate treatment option for your enamel erosion, they can perform the procedure. If, however, you require extensive treatment, your dentist may refer your treatment to a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in dental restorations such as crowns, dentures, and dental implants. 

Polymer Mouthwash

Another intervention that your family dentist may recommend to treat your thinning tooth enamel is using a special polymer mouthwash, which can help strengthen your enamel through regular use. In addition to polymers, these mouthwashes typically contain fluoride, which further helps strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of dental decay.

People who have thinning enamel are at risk for developing cavities. Thin or fragile dental enamel allows cavity-causing bacterial microorganisms to get inside your teeth, which can lead to pulp infections and decay. Polymer mouthwashes may also help harden your enamel and prevent future erosion. Most people tolerate polymer mouthwashes well, however, in certain individuals, mild oral tissue inflammation may occur. 

If you develop tooth sensitivity when consuming certain foods and drinks or if your teeth appear translucent, make an appointment with your family dentist. These signs may indicate the presence of thinning enamel and will need to be evaluated and treated before enamel erosion progresses.