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Dental attrition occurs when long-term yet minor alignment issues allow two or more teeth to wear on each other at an unnatural angle. Through the passage of time, this causes minute damage to the tooth enamel. If it’s not repaired in a timely manner at Oak Park Dentistry, the compromised tooth enamel could play host to a dangerous cavity.

To repair a small area of dental attrition, Dr. Ronald Flachs might be able to use a common dental filling. The process starts with a thorough examination of the tooth to assess the extent of the damage. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel. The material he recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Composite fillings can be shaded to match the tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a filling that is visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental-grade metals. They are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth.

If you live in the Portage, Michigan, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, you should call 269-375-0800 to have it examined and treated at Oak Park Dentistry.