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Dental attrition is often linked to a chronic alignment problem between two or more teeth. This causes the biting surface of one tooth to degrade the tooth enamel layer of another. As time goes on the compromised surface could expose the sensitive denting layer beneath, or foster a new area of tooth decay.

If you have a bad habit of putting off your regularly scheduled dental checkups at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc’s dental offices, a problem like this could go undetected and untreated. In time the bacteria in your mouth could start to invade the compromised area causing a new pocket of tooth decay to develop deep inside the tooth.

As this starts to happen you might experience heightened sensitivity, and discomfort, as well as an aberrant change in the texture of the tooth. As the tooth decay progresses within the tooth you might experience the loss of the dental filling or a gradually worsening toothache.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s very important to have Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and his team examine the tooth to determine the most effective treatment plan.

Sometimes this can be done by installing a dental filling or through a dental crown restoration.

If the pulp or root of the tooth has been significantly affected by untreated tooth decay, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins perform a root canal to remove all the infected materials while rebuilding the internal structure of the tooth. This will provide an anchor point for a later dental crown restoration.  

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have a distressed tooth, you should call 281-488-4242 to have it professionally treated at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc’s dental offices.