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If you develop a minor misalignment with two or more teeth in your bite pattern, the deviation could cause one tooth to wear away on the surface of another. As the tooth enamel starts to gradually degrade, the area of dental attrition could become increasingly vulnerable to other dental health problems.

This could include the gradual accumulation of bacterial deposits which could promote a severe cavity or the compromised structural integrity could lead to a significant dental fracture. If the tooth enamel attrition grows deeper, it could start to expose the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth, leading to severe tooth sensitivity problems.

If you’ve noticed a gradual change with one of the surfaces of your teeth, or you’ve developed sensitivity in a tooth, you should have it examined by Drs. Gleich and Jensen.

If it’s caught in a reasonable amount of time, the dental attrition might be repaired by having our dentists install a simple dental filling.

If the area of dental attrition is significant or Dr. Jaclyn Turnbow has concerns about the structural integrity of the tooth, she might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, area and you have noticed a change with one of your teeth, you should call 816-287-5650 to have it examined and treated at Summit Village Dental.