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It’s possible for minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth to cause excess wear and tear on tooth enamel. This can gradually damage one of the teeth increasing chances of suffering excessive tooth decay or a dental fracture.

Sometimes an area of dental attrition can grow too large for your dentist to effectively repair the tooth with a dental filling. In a case like this, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz might recommend treating it with a dental crown. This is an even more likely course of treatment if the tooth has previously had a cavity or chip repaired with a dental filling.

A dental crown is essentially a replica of the original tooth enamel layer anchored onto an abutment made from the dentin core within. The specific material recommended for the dental crown will depend on the tooth’s location in your mouth. Dr. Bartholemew Schultz will usually recommend a porcelain dental crown for a tooth that will be visible in your smile. This special dental material can be shaded to match all the other teeth in your mouth.

If you live in the Savage, Minnesota area and one of your teeth has been weakened or damaged by dental attrition, you should call 952-894-2545 to have it examined and treated at Smiles of Distinction.