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There are certain things that can affect the structural integrity of your tooth enamel. While cavities and various dental fractures are commonly feared, it’s also worth noting that the alignment of your teeth can affect the strength of your tooth enamel.

Deviations in your dentition can cause the surface of one tooth to wear excessively on the surface of another. Over the course of time, the microscopic loss of healthy tooth enamel can create a surface prone to problems with heightened sensitivity and tooth decay.

If the compromised area is too large for Dr. Troy Walton to treat it with a metallic amalgam or composite resin he might recommend fully replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.

This mode of treatment will essentially replicate the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material. It will need to be anchored onto an abutment made from the dentin core within. The exact material that Dr. Troy Walton uses for the dental crown will depend on the tooth’s location in your mouth.

Porcelain dental crowns are more likely for restoring a tooth that is visible in your smile. This special material can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth. Sometimes a molar or premolar in the back of the mouth he might recommend restoring it with a dental crown made from a gold or base metal alloy.

If you live in the Providence, Utah, area and you are concerned about the health and integrity of one of your teeth, you should call 435-571-0288 to have it examined and treated at Redwood Dental’s dental offices.