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Minor orthodontic alignment issues in your mouth can cause one or more teeth to meet at an unnatural angle. This is sometimes the result of a missing tooth that slightly altered your bite alignment. As time goes by, one tooth can rub on the other, wearing away a tiny amount of tooth enamel. This altered surface can invite the bacteria in your mouth to develop a cavity.

To prevent a problem like this from escalating, Dr. Dexter Inniss advocates having any cases of dental attrition addressed. The location and severity of the compromised tooth enamel will determine the repair or restoration method your dentist recommends.

If the area is small enough, your dentist might be able to repair it with a simple filling. In some instances, he might recommend a dental veneer for a tooth that’s visible in your smile.

Heightened sensitivity in the affected tooth likely means that damage has exposed the sensitive dentin or that tooth decay has managed to penetrate the tooth. In a situation like this, he might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth and restore the entire enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Conyers, Georgia, area and you have a tooth suffering from excess wear and tear, you should call 770-760-7566 to have it treated and repaired at Gentle Touch Dental.