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Tooth enamel attrition is a chronic condition that can result when two or more teeth rub together at an unnatural angle. Also known as dental attrition, it can gradually lead to increasing tooth sensitivity, and tooth decay. In some cases the compromised structural integrity of the tooth can lead to a severe dental fracture. If you have noticed an abnormal change in texture or increased sensitivity one of your teeth, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Shad Ingram. After examining the tooth, he can help you understand your treatment options.

In a case where the compromised area of tooth enamel is relatively small and tooth decay has not developed, the dentist might be able to treat it with dental filling. If the compromised area is large, he it might need to perform a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment is designed to replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a special material. Most dental crowns are created from either porcelain, gold, or a metal alloy. If necessary, the dentist might also alter the biting surface of the tooth that caused the damage, or he might recommend another orthodontic option to help prevent a future problem

If you live in the Syracuse, Utah, area and you suspect dental attrition has started to affect one of your teeth, you should call 801-776-3000 to have it examined and treated at VIP Smiles.