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Each one of your teeth has a shape intended to meet comfortably with its companion in your bite pattern. This makes for effective processing of food into small pieces that can be safely swallowed. However, sometimes genetics, unaddressed tooth loss and changes in your oral structure that develop with age can gradually cause minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth.

In time this can gradually start to affect the tooth enamel layer on one or more of your teeth. As excess wear starts to build up your tooth enamel can start to suffer from chronic dental attrition.

If it isn’t caught in a reasonable amount of time the sensitive dentin layer under the tooth enamel could become increasingly exposed. This can lead to worsening tooth sensitivity as well as an increased chance of suffering a severe case of tooth decay. Some teeth suffering from untreated dental attrition are also prone to dental fractures.

The severity of the dental attrition and associated factors will largely determine the treatment strategy advocated by a dentist like Dr. Tayo Ogunsola.

Sometimes he can address the compromised area of tooth enamel by installing an amalgam or composite dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel has been lost to dental attrition he might need to perform a dental crown restoration.

If necessary he might also recommend a dental contouring treatment to make a minor alteration in the way the two teeth meet in your bite pattern.

If you live in the Frisco, Texas, area and you are concerned about one of your teeth, you should call 214-436-5400 to schedule a dental exam at Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC.