Your teeth are meant for biting, chewing, and grinding food. As the years go by, minor orthodontic alignment issues or variances in the shape of a tooth can cause excess wear and tear on the corresponding tooth in your bite pattern. This is even more likely to be the case if you frequently grind your teeth at night.
This process, which is known as dental attrition, can lead to a variety of oral health issues. In many cases, it can cause chips, dental fractures or compromised tooth enamel that host the formation of tooth decay.
At Prosthodontics of the Carolinas, we can help develop a course of treatment applicable to your dental attrition issues. This might include the use of dental veneers, dental bonding, dental fillings, or dental crowns. In an extreme case where the tooth has been severely compromised, we might recommend more invasive measures.
If your dental attrition is related to an existing piece of dental work, such as a crown or a partial that is wearing on a corresponding tooth, we might be able to make minor adjustments. Sometimes this could include lengthening or strengthening a crown or fitting you for a new dental appliance.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have dental attrition concerns, you should call 704-364-3770 to schedule a consultation with our team of specialists.