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Ideally, all of the teeth in your bite pattern should meet at a perfect angle to maximize your ability to bite and chew food. Unfortunately, there are times when minor alignment problems can cause two or more teeth to rub together at an unnatural angle.

Over time, this minor wear and tear can cause attrition in the tooth enamel. If it goes untreated for too long, it could even come to expose the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth or cause a dangerous fracture. The damaged area could eventually foster a new cavity.

Should you notice a problem like this, you should not delay in scheduling an appointment at Monticello Dental Center.

Sometimes Dr. Dean Calpas can repair the area of attrition with an amalgam or composite resin filling. However, if the damaged area of tooth enamel is large or in a critical location, Dr. Dean Calpas might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

Typical crown materials often involve gold alloys, base metals or dental-grade porcelain. The material Dr. Dean Calpas selects will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth. If it’s visible in your smile to any degree, she will likely select a porcelain crown to restore the tooth.

If you live in the Big Lake, Minnesota, area and you have a tooth suffering from excess wear and tear, you should call 763-263-7100 to seek treatment at Monticello Dental Center.