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If your teeth are not properly aligned when you close your jaws, two or more of your teeth might meet at an unnatural angle. As time goes on this can create wear on the tooth enamel. As the enamel is lost, the tooth can become increasingly vulnerable to tooth decay and dental fractures.

With an early diagnosis, Dr. Robert Doyle might be able to repair a small area of compromised enamel by applying a simple dental filling. This may be able to prevent bacteria from infiltrating the tooth, and will restore strength to the tooth.

The repair process involves examining the tooth to determine its overall health. Then, Dr. Doyle will use a special dental drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will create a clean surface for the filling.

The specific material Dr. Doyle uses for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and position in your smile.

Composite resin dental fillings are made from a special type of dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the tooth. This makes them a good choice for repairing a tooth that is prominent in your smile. An amalgam dental filling is made from a blend of special dental metals. They are dark in color, making them better for repairing a compromised back tooth.

After the dental filling material has been applied, Dr. Doyle will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

In the future you might want to consider having braces installed in your mouth to correct the alignment of your teeth. This can reduce your chances of suffering another instance of enamel attrition.

If you live in Steubenville, Ohio, area and you have a tooth suffering from enamel attrition you should call 740-264-6811 to seek treatment at Complete Dental Care.