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An underbite, overbite, or other uncorrected alignment problems can affect your mouth in more ways than simply leaving you with an unattractive smile. As the years go by your teeth can start to meet at an unhealthy angle causing the tooth enamel to gradually wear away in a concentrated area.

As the process of dental attrition continues to occur the compromised area could suffer from several different complications.

Sometimes the tooth enamel can wear away exposing an increasing amount of the sensitive dentin layer beneath. At the same time, the area could also start to collect bacterial deposits encouraging a large cavity to develop.

A severe case of dental attrition might also compromise the structural integrity of the tooth. This could increase your chances of suffering a severe dental fracture.

Sometimes Dr. Eseoghene Okugbaye can treat a minor case of dental attrition applying a dental filling. This might also call for him to make minor edits to one of the teeth with a dental contouring treatment.

If the compromised area of tooth enamel is large or a new area of tooth decay has developed Dr. Eseoghene Okugbaye might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will involve removing the entire tooth enamel layer and replacing it with an alternate dental material.

If you live in the Alvarado, Texas, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition you should call 888-635-6401 to have it treated and repaired at Alvarado Family Dentistry.