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Minor imperfections in the alignment of your teeth can cause excess wear and tear on the tooth enamel. If it’s not addressed in a timely manner a small area of dental attrition could threaten the overall health of the tooth.

As time goes by, bacterial residue could build up in the damaged tooth enamel fostering a large cavity. Since the tooth has already been compromised the tooth decay could spread quickly and deeply to threaten the dentin and pulp of the tooth. At the same time, the dental attrition could alter the structural integrity of the tooth. This could increase your risk of suffering a significant dental fracture. The severity and location of the dental attrition will influence the treatment options your dentist will use.

A small area of dental attrition on non-critical location on the tooth can sometimes be repaired with a basic amalgam or composite dental filling. If the dental filling will be visible in your smile, your dentist can shade the composite material to seamlessly match your natural tooth enamel.

If the area of dental attrition is large, your dentist might need to fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. This will create a perfect replica in an alternate material such as gold, dental-grade porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

If you live in the Pflugerville, Texas, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, call 512-989-3300 to have it treated at Planet Smile. Our dental professionals will be happy to assist you and your smile today!