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Your tooth enamel is meant to withstand the rigors of daily chewing and grinding. Ideally, each tooth in your dentition should meet for maximum efficiency and minimal wear and tear. Unfortunately, there are times when a minor alignment issue can cause one or more teeth to meet at an unnatural angle.

As time goes on, the tooth enamel might become distressed and a victim of dental attrition. This is even more likely to occur if you’ve​ lost a tooth in the area or you have an alignment issue from your younger years.

Sometimes Dr. Chris Freed can repair dental attrition by applying a dental crown to the tooth. This two-stage restoration starts by removing all of the tooth enamel layer to prepare a dentin abutment. This will eventually anchor the final crown in your mouth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your crown will be created. A temporary crown will then cemented over the abutment to protect it.

You will need to come in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Dr. Chris Freed will use a strong dental adhesive to cement the crown in place. With good oral hygiene habits, your newly restored tooth will last you for many years to come.

If you live in the Canton, South Dakota, area and you have a tooth with a sensitive filling, you should call 605-987-2721 to schedule an appointment at Canton Dental Clinic.