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Dental attrition can affect a tooth’s enamel layer when minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth go unattended. As the tooth enamel starts to wear away you might notice a change in the tooth’s texture or gradually increasing sensitivity.

As time goes on bacterial deposits can start to accumulate in the compromised surface, causing a severe cavity to develop. The compromised structural integrity could also increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture.

To effectively treat a significant case of dental attrition, we might recommend restoring it with a dental crown. This treatment plan starts with numbing the tooth and local gum tissues to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post or dentin which is known as an abutment. It will eventually serve to anchor your new dental crown.

Then we will form an impression of the abutment and all other related teeth. It will be sent to a dental lab where your dental crown will be created from either gold, base metals, or porcelain-ceramic.

When the dental crown is ready we will cement it onto the anchoring abutment with a special type of dental adhesive. If needed we will examine the dental crowns relationship to the other teeth in your bite pattern. If there are concerns you might require minor edits to the tooth that initially caused the dental attrition.

If you live in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, area and you have a tooth that has been compromised by dental attrition, you should call 856-429-4600 to seek treatment from the dental specialists at Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates. Dr. Marco P. Holgado, Dr. Ralph J. Zonies, and Dr. Alyssa Nielubowicz are here for you!