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Your tooth enamel is made of a matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew the foods you consume. Yet there are times when minor alignment issues between two or more teeth can cause excess wear and tear in the tooth enamel. This dental attrition can sometimes be so severe that the teeth can’t viably be repaired by a filling.

To properly treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Chris A. Gipe might need to perform a dental crown restoration.

First, he will need to examine the tooth and take a few X-rays to assess the extent of the problem. So long as the interior of the tooth is fully healthy, he can proceed with the crown restoration. Your dentist will then remove the remaining tooth enamel, leaving behind a small, post-shaped structure called an abutment. This will provide an anchor point for the eventual crown.

An impression will be cast of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. Your dentist will then secure a temporary crown over the abutment to keep it safe. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where the technicians will make your new crown.

We will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your final crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you live in the Los Alamitos, California, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, you should call 562-431-1349 to seek treatment at Preferred Dental Care.