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Some individuals opt not to have minor alignment issues with their teeth corrected in adolescence. However, as the years go by these minor deviations can progress. In time it could cause the biting surface of one tooth to rub excessively on the surface of another tooth.

If it isn’t address in a reasonable amount of time, degradation can start to develop in the tooth enamel. As the dental attrition worsens it could expose the sensitive dentin layer under the tooth enamel might be exposed causing severe tooth sensitivity. It could also create a surface capable of trapping bacterial deposits, foster severe tooth decay. A tooth in this condition could also be at increasing risk of suffering from a severe dental fracture.

The degree of degradation to the tooth enamel will largely determine the treatment strategy advocated by Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS and her team.

Sometimes a small area of dental attrition can be repaired by installing applying a composite dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS might need to perform a dental crown restoration. If you live in the Haymarket, Virginia, area and you are concerned about one of your teeth, you should call 571-261-2600 to schedule an appointment at Awesome Smiles Dental Center.