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Dental attrition can occur when minor misalignment problems cause two of your teeth to wear on each other. As an increasing amount of tooth enamel is worn away the compromised surface can cause tooth sensitivity, promote a new cavity, or even lead to a severe dental fracture.

If the area of dental attrition is large or a new area of tooth decay has developed, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

This restorative treatment starts with your dentist using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post or dentin which is known as an abutment. Later it will serve to anchor your new dental crown in your mouth.

After preparing a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth your dentist will secure the temporary crown in place.  The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your dental crown will be created from either gold, base metals, or special dental porcelain.

When the dental crown is ready, your dentist will cement it in place. Then we will examine its relationship to the other teeth in your bite pattern. If necessary he might make some minor edits to the dental crown or the tooth that initially caused the dental attrition.

If you live in the Lexington, KY, area, and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, you should call 859-232-8883 to seek treatment at Leestown Dental Care.