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Ideally, each of your teeth is intended to meet with its partner in your bite pattern to help you efficiently break off and break down the foods you eat. However, some patients with unaddressed malocclusion, overcrowded teeth or generally misaligned teeth sometimes suffer from an inefficient oral function. In some of these cases two or more misaligned teeth can start to wear on each other, damaging the tooth enamel.

As time goes on the once healthy tooth enamel can gradually wear away. If the problem goes untreated, the compromised area can contribute to several potential dental health complications.

Sometimes bacterial deposits can start to accumulate in the affected surface of tooth enamel, leading to a severe case of tooth decay. At the same time the compromised structural integrity of the tooth could lead to a severe dental fracture as well as worsening tooth sensitivity.

If you’ve noticed a gradual change with one of the surface texture of one of your teeth, it’s best to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Debra Craig.

With timely detection a minor case of tooth enamel attrition might be treated by installing a simple dental filling. Once it has been applied and hardened the filling material will seal off the area from future tooth decay while also restoring the healthy function of the tooth.

If you live in the Spokane, Washington, area and you are concerned about the health of one of your teeth, you should call 509-467-1562 to have it examined and treated at Harmony Family Dental.