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Minor orthodontic imperfections in the alignment of your teeth that go unaddressed can gradually cause two of your teeth to excessively rub together at an unhealthy angle. When this happens the surface of one of the teeth can start to wear away. This process of enamel attrition can lead to a host of other problems.

In time it could expose the sensitive dentin layer that lies directly beneath the tooth enamel. The compromised area could also experience heightened sensitivity, dental fractures or come to harbor a dangerously deep area of tooth decay.

With early detection, a small area of enamel attrition might be repaired by with a simple filling applied at Dr. Ravi Aulakh’s Sunnyvale, California clinic. Unfortunately, if tooth decay has invaded the area or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might recommend a crown restoration.

Dr. Ravi Aulakh will start the treatment process by using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post-like structure called an abutment which will eventually anchor your permanent crown.

Dr. Ravi Aulakh’s technicians will then prepare a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before securing a temporary crown in place. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your crown will be created from either gold, base metals, or dental-grade porcelain.

If you have a tooth suffering from enamel attrition and you live in the Sunnyvale, California area, you should call 408-738-1000 to seek treatment at Dr. Ravi Aulakh’s dental office.