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Uncorrected deviations in the alignment of two or more teeth can gradually cause one tooth to wear excessively on another. Over time it can compromise a small area of tooth enamel. If the dental attrition isn’t addressed and repaired, it could cause severe sensitivity, promote a severe cavity, or potentially lead to a significant dental fracture.

Sometimes Dr. Bryce Searle can repair a small area of dental attrition by applying a basic dental filling. This may be able to prevent bacteria from infiltrating the compromised tooth enamel and restoring the strength of the tooth.

After numbing the tooth Dr. Bryce Searle will use a special dental drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will prepare a clean tactile surface to adhere the eventual dental filling. The specific material that he uses for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function as well as how visible it is in your smile.

A composite dental filling is made from a special type of dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the remaining tooth enamel. This type of dental material is often the preferred choice for repairing an area of enamel attrition that appears in your smile. An amalgam dental filling is made from a blend of special dental metals. This dental filling material is typically dark in color, which makes it a better for repairing a compromised back tooth. Once the dental filling material has been applied and shaped, Dr. Bryce Searle will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

Going forward you might want to consider having the alignment of your teeth corrected by some form of braces. This will help to reduce your chances of suffering another case of dental attrition on a different tooth. If you live in American Fork, Utah, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition you should call 801-770-1222 to have it treated and examined by the dental care specialists at Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry.