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Deviations in the alignment or relationship of multiple teeth in your bite pattern could potentially cause one tooth to abnormally wear away the tooth enamel surface. At first, the problem might go unnoticed. However, as time goes on a tooth suffering from enamel attrition might start to develop overt symptoms.

This could gradually change in the lingual surface of the tooth enamel. At the same time, some cases of tooth enamel attrition can cause gradually worsening sensitivity.

As the structural integrity of the tooth is gradually compromised the surrounding tooth enamel could suffering a chip or dental fracture. Even if the tooth remains whole the area of dental attrition could cause increased sensitivity problems or harbor a severe cavity.

If the area of tooth enamel attrition is too large to be repaired with a dental filling Dr. Joseph Younger might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration.

This treatment calls for removing the existing tooth enamel to create a small pillar of dentin, which is known as an abutment. A detailed impression will be made of this abutment and the related teeth in the area. It will be sent to a dental lab where dental technicians will create the dental crown from a special dental material.

When the dental crown is ready you will need to return to Arden Dental Group to have it cemented directly onto the dentin abutment.

If you live in the Arden, North Carolina, area and you have dental attrition concerns with one of your teeth, you should call 828-684-9260 to have it examined and treated at Arden Dental Group.