Bruxism is a technical term used to describe chronic night grinding. This is often the result of unresolved stress though other factors could also be involved. Without remediation, the stresses of unconsciously grinding your teeth can lead to dental fractures and other oral health problems.
When a tooth suffers a chip or dental fracture from bruxism, you might experience heightened sensitivity, discomfort, or even pain in the damaged tooth. In time, the compromised tooth enamel could trap food residue and bacteria, creating a large cavity.
There are several ways to treat teeth that have been damaged by bruxism. The severity of the damage to the tooth will determine the method that Dr. Ravi Aulakh suggests at his San Jose, California, dental office.
If a chip is small and doesn’t significantly alter the tooth’s biting surface, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might be able to repair it with a composite or amalgam dental filling. In a case where the biting surface has been altered or a cavity has developed, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might recommend a dental crown or a special type of inlay or onlay filling.
Going forward, you might want to try sleeping with a quality dental guard in your mouth. This soft mouthpiece can cushion your teeth against the force of night grinding to help prevent further damage.
If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you have bruxism concerns, you should call 408-227-6000 to schedule an appointment at AZ Dental.