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Uncorrected alignment problems in your teeth can leave you with more than just a crooked smile. In time the unnatural angle that your teeth meet at can cause an area of tooth enamel to gradually wear away. If the dental attrition isn’t treated the tooth could be at increased risk of suffering a severe cavity, dental fracture, or another oral emergency.

Sometimes a small area of dental attrition can be repaired by with a simple dental filling, applied at Samuel Yee DDS INC. However, if tooth decay has invaded the area or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, don’t panic! Dr. Samuel Yee DDS might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This may sound scary, but our team focuses on making you as comfortable as possible. Dental crowning is a standard, well-practiced dental procedure that serves to substitute for tooth enamel and protect your smile.

Dr. Samuel Yee DDS will start the treatment process by using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post, or dentin, which is known as an abutment. Later it will anchor your new dental crown in your mouth.

Dr. Samuel Yee DDS’s dental team will then prepare a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before affixing a temporary crown.  The impression will then be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be created from porcelain.

After cementing the dental crown in place, Dr. Samuel Yee DDS will examine its relationship to your other teeth. If necessary he might make some minor edits to the dental crown, or to the tooth that initially caused the dental attrition.

If you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, and you live in the Aliso Viejo, California, area, you should call 949-831-3111 to seek treatment at Samuel Yee DDS INC.