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As you grow older the bone structure of your mouth can gradually start to change. This can sometimes be accelerated by dental health problems or issues with tooth loss. In time these minor alignment changes can cause two teeth to rub together excessively.

Early signs of a problem like this often include a noticeable change in the surface texture of a tooth as well as worsening tooth sensitivity. If you have noticed an abnormality like this, you shouldn’t wait for your next dental checkup to have it addressed. The wisest course of action is to have the distressed tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Roberto Macedo.

If the compromised area of the tooth is too large to be treated by a dental filling we might advocate a treatment plan that calls for performing a dental crown restoration.

This treatment plan calls for removing the remaining tooth enamel to develop a small pillar of dentin. This structure, which is known as an abutment, will eventually serve as an effective anchor for the dental crown.

A detailed impression will be prepared of this abutment and the related teeth in your bite pattern. It will be sent to a dental lab where dental technicians will create your dental crown. When it is ready we will cement the dental crown directly onto the abutment.

If he feels it is necessary, Dr. Macedo might also recommend making minor edits to the other tooth in your bite pattern to lessen the relationship between the two teeth.

If you live in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area and you have noticed a change in one or two of your teeth, you should call 727-202-4459 to have it examined and treated at RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.