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Minor alignment problems with your teeth that went uncorrected in youth can cause significant problems in adulthood. When your teeth meet in your dentition at an unnatural angle it can cause excess wear and tear on the tooth enamel.

As this starts to happen the area of dental attrition can continue to grow. This leaves the tooth at increasing risk of suffering a severe cavity or a significant dental fracture.

In some of these cases, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann might be able to repair the compromised tooth with a dental filling. The process of repairing the tooth starts with a thorough examination of the problematic tooth. This might include taking some X-rays to make sure that tooth decay hasn’t set in.

After numbing the tooth Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann will use a special dental drill to carefully remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will prepare a surface sufficient for bonding the dental filling. The material he uses for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.

Going forward you might want to consider having the alignment of your teeth corrected with some form of braces. This can help reduce your chances of suffering a new area of dental attrition on another tooth.

If you live in the Carlsbad, California, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 760.729.5964 to seek timely treatment at Steven A. Beuligmann, DDS Inc.