What is Dental Attrition?
Dental attrition can occur when minor abnormalities in your dentition cause one or more teeth to rub together unnaturally. Over the course of time, this can gradually wear down the tooth enamel in a key location. This compromised area can come to harbor a new area of tooth decay, or even increase your chances of suffering a severe dental fracture.
Treating Dental Attrition With a Crown
To effectively treat a case like this, our dentists at Werschky & Lewis Family Dentistry in Grand Blanc, Michigan might recommend a crown. This is a standard dental restoration that effectively replicates the entire tooth enamel layer, cast in a special material that will resist future tooth attrition and potential tooth decay.
To properly anchor your crown in place, your dentist will use a drill to remove any existing tooth enamel. This will create an abutment post of healthy dentin surrounding the softer internal pulp and root of the tooth.
One of our highly-trained technicians will cast an impression of the abutment and the position of all relative teeth in the area. Then your dentist will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it, while our professional dental lab works to create the final crown.
We will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented into place.
If you live in the Grand Blanc, Michigan area and you have a tooth suffering excess wear and tear, please call (810) 671-5616 to have it examined and treated by our Werschky & Lewis Family Dentistry’s team. Dr. Jay A. Werschky and Dr. Jori W. Lewis look forward to restoring your confident smile!