Minor deviations that went uncorrected in your younger years can gradually start to affect one or two of your teeth. Sometimes it can gradually cause one tooth to grind and wear on the non-biting surface of another tooth. As time goes on it could start to significantly compromise an increasing amount of tooth enamel.
Early on you might notice an area of dental attrition developing as the tooth’s texture changes. This could also start to cause heightened sensitivity or significant discomfort in the tooth. If you have noticed any of these symptoms with one of your teeth, you need to have examined by a dentist like Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann.
If it’s detected early he might be able to repair a small area of dental attrition with a simple amalgam or composite dental filling. This might also include Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann performing a dental contouring treatment to make minor changes in the tooth that caused the dental attrition. This will minimize further issues.
If the area of dental attrition is large or tooth decay has developed, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann might recommend replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.
If you live in the Carlsbad, California, area and you suspect one of your teeth has been distressed by dental attrition, you should call 760.729.5964 to schedule an appointment at Steven A. Beuligmann, DDS Inc.