Dental attrition can occur when uncorrected alignment problems with your teeth cause unnatural wear and tear on the tooth enamel. As this starts to happen more and more tooth enamel is lost. As time goes by, the compromised area could also start to trap plaque, tartar, and residual food particles, which will significantly increase your chances of suffering a severe cavity. Once this happens, the tooth decay can start to penetrate deep into the tooth calling for increasingly invasive treatment.
If you notice an area of concern on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t delay in having it examined and repaired by Dr. Jeff Tufarolo. The longer you delay the more likely you are to experience complications. It might be possible for Dr. Jeff Tufarolo to repair a small area of dental attrition with a standard amalgam or composite resin dental filling. This might also include making a minor alteration to the offending tooth with a dental contouring treatment.
If the area of dental attrition is large, a filling might not be a viable option. This could also be a problem if a new cavity has formed in the compromised tooth enamel. To treat a tooth in this condition Dr. Jeff Tufarolo might recommend a dental crown. This dental restoration calls for replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material such as porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. It will eventually be anchored onto a small abutment formed from the underlying dentin layer.
If you live in the Everett, Washington, area and you have a tooth distressed by dental attrition, call us at 425-405-6400 to have it examined and repaired at Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS today!