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The American Dental Association recommends that you have a routine dental exam and cleaning performed every six months. Each of these appointments performed at Dr. Charles Peter’s dental office includes a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.

If Dr. Charles Peter finds an area of concern, he might recommend a preventative treatment to arrest or treat the issue before it worsens. This might include administering a fluoride treatment or applying dental sealants.

If he notices that an alignment problem with two or more teeth is started to affect the tooth enamel Dr. Charles Peter might also recommend additional treatments. Left uncorrected a small area of dental attrition can compromise a tooth in a myriad of ways.

Food particles and plaque buildup that accumulates in the area of attrition could end up fostering a large cavity. Since the tooth has already been compromised the tooth decay could spread quickly to threaten the sensitive internal tissues of the tooth.

It’s also possible for dental attrition to alter the structural integrity of the tooth, increasing your chances of suffering a significant dental fracture.

The severity and location of the dental attrition will influence the treatment options Dr. Charles Peter presents.

A small area of dental attrition might be repaired with a basic amalgam or composite dental filling and a minor dental contouring. A large area of dental attrition might require a dental crown to replace the entire tooth enamel layer.

If it’s caught early enough the tooth enamel might still be structurally sound. In a case like this Dr. Charles Peter might recommend some form of braces to effectively correct the alignment problem.

If you live in the Clearwater, Florida, area and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, you should call 727-785-7202 to have it treated at Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL.