Minor changes in the alignment of your teeth can have long-term consequences. As hard as your tooth enamel is, an unnatural amount of wear and tear between two teeth can still lead to problems with dental attrition in your bite pattern.
If it’s caught early, or if the area of damaged enamel is small, our dentists might be able to repair the area of attrition with a simple filling made from amalgam or composite resin. For a tooth with a large area of compromised enamel, they might recommend a full dental crown restoration.
This is a two-stage dental restoration that starts by removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a pillar of healthy dentin called an abutment. In time, this will serve as an anchor for the crown.
Our highly trained technicians will then make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new crown will be prepared.
A temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment. It does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.
We will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Your dentists will remove the temporary crown before using a strong dental adhesive to cement the new crown into place.
If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you have a tooth suffering from damaged tooth enamel, you shouldn’t delay in calling (773) 327-6500 to seek professional treatment at Family Dental of Roscoe.