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I recently saw a dentist who took it upon himself to grind down enamel on the back face of two teeth as well as the biting edge when doing some other work. When I rub my tongue against these two teeth the surface feels a little rough. My question is will the enamel regenerate over time and result in a smooth surface as it was before?  

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Hi John,
Unfortunately, enamel does not regenerate over time; however any remaining enamel will become fortified by the flouride in your toothpaste and drinking water if your community flouridates it's water.

It probably won't be feeling "smooth"; I would ask your dentist (or another one you trust) to polish the rough areas with a fine diamond bur OR some pumice to get it smoother to your tongue.

Best of Luck,
Ketan Amin, DMD
Austin Center for Endodontics (Root Canal Specialists)
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Ketan Amin, DMD

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Graduating from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, I received a broad understanding of both medicine and dentistry. I continued my training at New York University, as a dental specialist in endodontics, which concerns root canal therapy, related surgeries, as well as diagnosing and managing various forms of pain occurring in the head and neck

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Dentistry; Specialist in Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy).

Organizations
American Association of Endodontics American Dental Association American Academy of OroFacial Pain

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine-Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) New York University College of Dentistry-Certificate, Endodontics

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