Minor misalignments in your dentition can cause one or two teeth to meet at an unnatural angle in your bite pattern. This can go completely unnoticed. As time goes on, the subtle wear and tear can slowly damage the tooth enamel. With early detection and treatment at Andrew Henritze DDS, this dental attrition might be repairable with a standard dental filling.
After a thorough examination of the damaged tooth, Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS will use a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This will provide a smooth, clean surface for the eventual filling to bond with.
The material he uses for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.
Composite fillings are made from a special dental plastic that can be shaded to match your tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a filling that will be visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of soft metals that have been approved for dental repairs. Once they have been cured and hardened, the fillings will be very durable. This makes amalgam a good choice for repairing a dental attrition on one of your back teeth.
After the filling material has been applied, Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden it. This will provide you with a strong, repaired tooth that can last for many years to come.
If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia, area and you have a tooth suffering from excess wear and tear, you should call (540) 989-6600 to seek treatment at Andrew Henritze DDS.