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Each of your teeth is intended to meet with its partner in your bite pattern for the effective processing of food. Genetics, tooth loss, the aging process, and certain lifestyle factors can gradually cause minor deviations to develop in the alignment of your teeth.

If it isn’t address in a reasonable amount of time, these minor orthodontic deviations can start to affect the enamel layer on one or more of your teeth. The unhealthy relationship between the teeth can wear away at the tooth enamel, causing the chronic condition known as dental attrition.

As the tooth enamel degradation worsens the sensitive dentin layer under the tooth enamel might be exposed. This can cause significant tooth sensitivity and increase your chances of suffering from a severe cavity. In time the tooth might also suffer a severe dental fracture.

The degree of dental attrition will largely determine the treatment strategy advocated by a dentist like Dr. Raymond R. Niles.

With early detection the compromised area might be repaired by installing applying an amalgam or composite dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Raymond R. Niles might need to perform a dental crown restoration.

If you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area and you are concerned about one of your teeth, you should call 703.494.4101 to schedule a dental exam at Niles Dental.