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Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it can still be affected by certain things. While tooth decay and dental fractures are common causes of distressed tooth enamel, the alignment of your teeth could also play a factor.

If two of your teeth are misaligned in their orientation and relationship to each other, it’s possible for the surface of one to wear excessively on the surface of another. As the years go by the microscopic loss of tooth enamel on the affected tooth could create a surface prone to problems with heightened sensitivity and tooth decay.

Sometimes a small area of tooth enamel attrition can be repaired by having Dr. Joan M. Jupina apply a dental filling made from metallic amalgam or composite resin. If the compromised area is too large for these treatments Dr. Joan M. Jupina might recommend fully replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.

This is essentially a replica of the tooth’s enamel layer anchored onto an abutment made from the dentin core within. The exact material that Dr. Joan M. Jupina uses for the dental crown will depend on the tooth’s location in your mouth.

A porcelain dental crown is more often called for to restore a tooth that is visible in your smile. This special dental material can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth. If the tooth is in the back of your mouth, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might recommend restoring it with a dental crown made from a gold or base metal alloy.

If you live in the Hayward, California, area and one of your teeth have been compromised by dental attrition, you should call 510.783.1414 to have it examined and treated at Jupina Dental.