In a perfect world, your teeth will meet up with the corresponding partner teeth with perfect alignment. Unfortunately, there are times when a slightly misaligned tooth joins unnaturally with another. As time goes by, this can cause excess wear and tear in the tooth enamel of one or both teeth.
This condition, which is known as dental attrition, is even more likely to occur if you have forgone braces in the past or if you grind your teeth at night without the protection of a dental guard.
To repair a problem of this magnitude, a filling is rarely a sufficient long-term solution. The dental attrition will continue to take place and it could even cause a dental fracture between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.
In a situation like this, Dr. Scott Lindsay will often recommend a dental crown. This method of treatment is designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a nearly perfect replica that is cast from porcelain, gold, or an alloy of base metals.
Your dentist will start by removing the entire tooth enamel layer of the tooth. This will remove any decay and leave behind an anchoring abutment that is made from the healthy dentin layer of the tooth.
One of our staff members will take an impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new crown will be created.
When it’s ready, we will call you back to our office to cement the crown onto the abutment with a special dental adhesive.
If you live in the Centennial, Colorado, area and you have a tooth suffering from excess wear and tear, you should call 720-489-0797 to seek treatment and restoration at Peak Dental Care.