As the years go by, things like tooth loss and oral injuries can cause minor alterations in the alignment of two or more teeth. When this happens, it can cause two teeth to meet at an unhealthy angle, causing excess wear and tear on the tooth enamel.
As time goes by, the compromised area of tooth enamel can continue to expand. This could cause tooth decay to develop in the area, or a severe dental fracture to occur. With early diagnosis, Dr. Austin Babcock might be able to repair the area of enamel attrition by applying a filling at his Sedona, Arizona, clinic.
After a thorough examination of the tooth, Dr. Austin Babcock will remove a small additional amount of tooth enamel. This will provide a smooth clean surface to bond the filling in place.
The material Dr. Austin Babcock uses for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.
A composite-resin filling uses a special dental-grade plastic that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes it a good choice for a filling that will be visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of soft metals approved for dental repairs. Once they have been cured and hardened, the filling will be very durable. This makes it a good choice for repairing a dental attrition on one of your back teeth.
Once the filling has been applied and shaped, Dr. Austin Babcock will use a special ultraviolet light to cure it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you live in the Sedona, Arizona, area, and you have a tooth suffering from enamel attrition, you should call (928) 282-1514 to seek treatment with Dr. Austin Babcock.