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When the biting surface of one tooth rubs excessively on the non-biting surface of another it can gradually start to wear away some of the healthy tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if you had a minor alignment issue with your teeth that went uncorrected in your adolescent years.

As the area of dental attrition starts to grow it can promote a new area of tooth decay, cause severe tooth sensitivity, or increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture. To prevent these problems, you should have a tooth in this condition examined and treated by a professional dentist like Dr. Bryce Hanson.

If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, or a new cavity has developed Dr. Hanson might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will effectively replace the tooth enamel layer with another dental grade material, such as gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Hansonusing removing the tooth’s enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment made of the existing dental layer of the tooth. Next, Dr. Hanson will make an impression of the area and send it to a dental lab. Their special technicians will work to create your dental crown. When it’s ready he will cement your new dental crown onto the anchoring abutment with a special dental adhesive.

If you live in the Shelley, Idaho, area and you have compromised tooth, you should call 208-357-7611 to have it examined and treated at River Valley Dental.