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Deviations in the alignment of your teeth can do more than leave you with an unappealing smile. As time goes on the improper relationship between multiple teeth in your bite pattern can gradually start to wear down the tooth enamel.

If this condition of dental attrition is not addressed in a reasonable amount of time, the compromised tooth enamel can start to foster a cavity. As it spreads the sensitive dentin layer under the tooth enamel might be exposed. This can cause significant discomfort when eating and drinking.

If the area of dental attrition isn’t treated in a timely manner, the tooth decay could spread deeper into the tooth. In the time it could even infect the pulp, root, or nerve of the tooth requiring an endodontic therapy to treat it.

Even if a cavity doesn’t develop in the damaged tooth enamel, the compromised structural integrity could leave the tooth at increasing risk of suffering a dental fracture.

The location, size, and severity of the dental attrition will largely determine the treatment method that Dr. Robert A. Bell recommends. Small areas of dental attrition might be repaired by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel has been distressed, Dr. Robert A. Bell might need to perform a root canal before fitting you for a dental crown.

If you live in the Shepherdsville, Kentucky, area and you are concerned that a dental attrition is starting to develop on one of your teeth, you should call 502-955-6516 to schedule an appointment at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C..