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Minor changes in the structure of your jaw can affect your dentition. This can cause two or more of your teeth to meet at an unhealthy angle. Over time this can cause one tooth to wear down and erode the tooth enamel layer of another.

As this starts to happen the affected tooth can become increasingly prone to tooth decay problems and dental fractures. If it’s caught early, Dr. Richard G. Goble might be able to prevent significant dental attrition by mildly editing the tooth enamel of the offending tooth.

This treatment, which is known as dental contouring can easily be performed in a single outpatient appointment. It involves Dr. Richard G. Goble using a dental drill to carefully remove a minuscule amount of tooth enamel from the offending tooth.

This will make a minor change in the way the two teeth meet to reduce the excess wear and tear. If the area of attrition has significantly compromised a tooth, Dr. Richard G. Goble might also recommend repairing it with a dental filling or dental crown.

In the future, you might want to also consider having your dentition corrected by some form of braces. This can improve the angle that your teeth meet at to prevent recurrence of dental attrition.

If you are in the Fallbrook, California, area and you are suspect an area of dental attrition has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 760.728.2261 to have it examined and treated at Richard G. Goble, DDS.