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A loss of tooth enamel is often caused by alignment problems with two or more teeth. If the teeth meet at an improper angle, the enamel of the affected teeth can be worn away.

If this problem is not detected and treated, the tooth could develop decay. Because the tooth enamel in the area is already damaged, the decay could quickly spread to the sensitive internal structure of the tooth. At the same time, a tooth compromised by the loss of enamel is also at a higher risk of for chipping or dental fracturing.

If the area of lost tooth enamel is relatively small and no other issues have developed, Dr. Robert Haas might be able to treat the tooth with a dental filling. However, if a great deal of enamel has been lost or the tooth that has developed a new cavity, that tooth may need a dental crown.

This procedure replaces the entire layer of enamel with a special dental material. This could include dental grade porcelain, gold, or a metal alloy.

If necessary, the dentist may take steps to adjust how the teeth involved in the alignment problem contact one another. This may involve removing a small amount of tooth enamel to limit the contact between the two teeth.

If you live in the Lebanon, Ohio, area and you and have pain or sensitivity in one of your teeth, you should call 513-932-6991 to schedule an exam at the dental offices of Family Dentistry, Inc..