As you age the structure of your mouth and the alignment of your teeth can start to gradually change. This can also be related to a missing tooth that was not restored in a reasonable amount of time.
In time the minor changes in the alignment of your bite pattern can potentially cause one tooth to rub excessively on the non-biting surface of another. As time goes on this can wear away the tooth enamel leading to several possible dental health complications.
If you notice a change in the surface texture of one of your teeth you should have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Tom Supakorndej. If it’s caught in a reasonable amount of time he might be able to repair a small area of tooth enamel attrition with a simple dental filling.
This treatment plan might also involve him performing a dental contouring treatment to make minor changes in the relationship between the two misaligned teeth.
A patient suffering from a significant case of dental attrition might not have sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor a dental filling. In a case like this Dr. Tom Supakorndej might recommend replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.
If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and you suspect one of your teeth has been affected by dental attrition, you should call 512-351-9313 to have it examined by the oral care specialists at Diamond Dental: Family And Implant Dentistry.