How To Fix Pitted Teeth

Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, but it is not impervious to damage. Staining and pitting are the most common and visible ways that enamel can be damaged. These problems are often much more than cosmetic, however. Staining can be a sign that enamel has thinned enough to be vulnerable and pits or grooves are the precursors to cavities. If your enamel is compromised, there are treatments to restore the natural look and function of your smile!

Protective Sealants

Pitting on the molars and premolars can be repaired and further damage prevented by applying protective resin sealants directly to the surface of the teeth. After a thorough professional cleaning, your dentist will paint a special dental resin onto the surface of the affected teeth. The resin is then cured with ultraviolet light, creating a smooth and impenetrable surface that will resist the wear from tooth-on-tooth friction, create an even surface for proper brushing, and prevent bacteria from infecting the soft tissues underneath the enamel. Sealants are often the most affordable and effective treatment for dealing with pitted teeth as long as the problem has been addressed in time.

Dental Bonding

If some damage has been done to the affected teeth, dental bonding may be the best solution to restore your smile! Dental bonding uses a special composite resin that can be shaped to restore the natural form and function of your original teeth. The procedure requires a special etching solution applied to the teeth after a thorough cleaning so that the bonding material can adhere properly. Once the material has been sculpted into place, it is hardened with a special light. The procedure can be completed in a single visit and is often very affordable and painless.


Dental veneers are thin tooth-colored porcelain shells that are permanently adhered to the teeth to cover major dental flaws. Porcelain veneers are expertly and custom made in dental laboratories and so will require multiple visits to the dentist to be measured, manufactured, and placed. Some tooth material will need to be removed in order to fit the veneers over the existing teeth. Only children who have all of their adult teeth are eligible for this treatment.

Veneers offer the most natural looking option for repairing enamel damage to the front teeth. Porcelain is an extremely strong but brittle material. It can last for 10-15 years or much longer, depending on a variety of factors. Veneers can also be quite expensive, with some treatments costing around $20,000. Oftentimes dental insurance will not cover these treatments as they are usually considered cosmetic.

If your enamel is compromised and pitted, there are many options available for treatment. Consult with your dental professional to determine the best course of action for you. Whatever option you choose, make sure to practice good daily oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for check ups and cleanings!

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