Your teeth are intended to meet up evenly for efficient biting and chewing. Yet there are times when an uncorrected alignment issue can cause two teeth to meet up improperly. Over the course of time, this can cause one tooth to wear down on the tooth enamel of another. This compromised surface can increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture or new area of tooth decay.
If the area of dental attrition is small, Dr. Marlayna Best might be able to repair the problem by applying a filling at her Newton, New Jersey, clinic.
If the compromised area is visible in your smile, Dr. Marlayna Best might use a simple composite-resin filling. This is a special dental-grade plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This will repair the tooth’s function and restore the appearance of your smile without the casual observer ever knowing the problem was there in the first place.
Dental attrition on a premolar or another back tooth might need an amalgam filling. This is a blend of dental metals that are dark in color yet durable. This makes them a better choice for repairing a back tooth versus one that is visible in your smile.
Once it has been cured and bonded to the tooth enamel with a special dental-grade ultraviolet light, the new filling will repair the tooth for a long time to come.
If you live in the Newton, New Jersey, area and you have an area of dental attrition on a tooth, you should call 973.383.5700 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Marlayna Best’s dental clinic.