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The alignment of your teeth is an important factor in your efficient oral function. Sometimes an unaddressed malocclusion, overcrowded teeth or misaligned teeth can cause one tooth to wear excessively on the tooth enamel of another.

As time goes on this could cause the tooth enamel to gradually wear away. If it goes unnoticed or untreated the compromised area can contribute to several potential dental health complications.

Over time bacterial deposits could start to accumulate in the aberrations of the tooth enamel. This could foster a severe cavity. Sometimes the compromised structural integrity could lead to a severe dental fracture. Some patients suffering from developing dental attrition will also experience worsening tooth sensitivity in the compromised area.

If you’ve noticed a gradual change with one of the surface texture of one of your teeth, or other abnormalities it’s best to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Mark Jensen.

If it’s caught in a reasonable amount of time, a modest area of dental attrition might be repaired by installing a simple dental filling. However, a more severe case might require him to perform a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will essentially replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a strong dental grade material.

If you live in the Independence, Missouri, area and you are concerned about the health of one of your teeth, you should call 816-569-9800 to have it examined and treated at Truman Village Family Dental.