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Dental attrition is a chronic condition that can occur when uncorrected deviations in the alignment of two or more teeth in your bite pattern, start to grind away tooth enamel. The process starts out slowly and tends to worsen over time. It is sometimes attributed to unaddressed tooth loss or changes in the bone structure of the mouth that occur with age.

If you have a bad habit of putting off your dental checkups, a problem like this could go undetected. Over time bacterial deposits in the area caused by poor oral hygiene could foster a severe cavity.

In a situation like this you might notice developing sensitivity, and discomfort, as well as a gradual change in the texture of the tooth. As the tooth decay progresses within the tooth you might experience the loss of the dental filling, or a gradually worsening toothache.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to have a dentist like Dr. Rupal Patel examine the tooth to determine the most effective treatment plan.

This might involve installing a dental filling or having him perform a dental crown restoration. In a case of severe dental attrition where the pulp or root of the tooth has been affected by tooth decay, he might need to perform a root canal. This endodontic therapy is designed to remove all the infected materials while rebuilding the internal structure for a dental crown.

If you live in the Rolling Meadows, Illinois, area and you have a distressed tooth, you should call 847-870-0888 to have it professionally treated at Willow Bend Dental Care.