Uncorrected alignment issues in your teeth or alterations in your dentition from tooth loss can cause two or more teeth to rub together at an unnatural angle. This can sometimes cause an area of dental attrition to form on one or both teeth. In time, this could cause significant damage to the tooth enamel or it could even promote tooth decay.
In a situation like this, a filling might not be a viable solution as the alignment issue could simply damage the filling or surrounding enamel. For a tooth in this condition, Dr. Arel Ondoy might recommend a dental crown restoration.
The process starts by removing the tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a post of dentin that encases the pulp and root of the tooth. Eventually, Dr. Arel Ondoy will use this abutment to anchor the crown into your mouth.
Dr. Arel Ondoy will take a detailed impression of the area, including the abutment and the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab as a guide while the technicians create your new crown. At the end of the appointment, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
You will need to come back in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.
Once it’s installed, Dr. Arel Ondoy will check the relationship to the other teeth in your bite. If he feels it’s warranted, he might make a minor contour to the tooth enamel of the tooth that caused the original dental attrition.
If you have a tooth suffering from excess wear and tear and you live in the Oak Forest, Illinois, area, you should call 708-535-0333 to have it treated at our dental office.