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Each of the teeth in your mouth is designed to meet up perfectly with its partners for efficient chewing and other oral functions. If you have an alignment issue that goes without being addressed, it could cause one tooth to rub unnaturally on the surface of another. This can also happen, after losing a critical tooth from your dentition.

As time goes by, the dental attrition to the tooth enamel can cause textures, inviting bacteria to develop an area of tooth decay. With early detection, the dentists at David J. Harsant, DDS, PA’s Fayetteville, North Carolina clinic might be able to repair the dental attrition with a simple filling.

If the compromised area of tooth enamel is large, or a small cavity has already started to form, our dentists might recommend a crown restoration. This will involve removing the tooth enamel layer and replacing it with another material such as gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

Heightened sensitivity in the affected tooth likely means that damage has exposed the sensitive dentin, or that tooth decay has managed to penetrate the tooth. In a situation like this, we might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth and restore the entire enamel layer with a crown.

If you live in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition you should call 910.864.4646 to have it treated and repaired at David J. Harsant, DDS, PA’s dental offices.