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Minor changes in your dentition can be caused by a variety of things. Changes in your jaw structure, tooth loss, or other oral health complications can alter the correct alignment of your teeth. When this happens two or more of your teeth can start to wear on each other excessively.

If it’s not corrected in a timely manner, the dental attrition could damage the tooth enamel. As this occurs the tooth will be at increasing risk of suffering a new cavity or a significant dental fracture.

Sometimes Dr. Rita D. Wright can treat a small area of dental attrition with a dental filling. However, if a large amount of tooth enamel has been damaged, or a new cavity has formed, she might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

This minimally invasive dental restoration will effectively replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental material. Most dental crowns are made from either porcelain, gold, or a metallic alloy.

To properly anchor your crown in place Dr. Wright will use a dental drill to remove any existing tooth enamel. This will leave behind an abutment post of healthy dentin.

An impression will then be cast of the abutment and the position of all relative teeth in the area. Dr. Wright will secure a temporary crown is over the abutment to protect it while dental technicians work to create your dental crown.

We will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown is removed before Dr. Wright cements the final crown in place with a special dental adhesive.

Once this is done Dr. Wright will likely check the relationship between the dental crown and the related teeth in your dentition. If she feels it is warranted, she might make some minor alterations to the crown or a related tooth.

If you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area and you have a tooth suffering excess wear and tear, you should call 703-878-7883 to have it examined and treated at Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge.