If you suspect or have noticed that you grind your teeth while sleeping, you should strongly consider wearing a dental guard in your mouth when you go to bed. This can provide your teeth with the necessary cushion to prevent dental fractures and possible complications from TMJ disorder.
Without some form of protection or remediation, the excessive clenching and grinding force could cause chips on multiple teeth. While this is more likely to occur on the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars in the back of your mouth, any tooth in your mouth could potentially be chipped by chronic night grinding.
If you do suffer a chip or fracture to one of your teeth, you need to have it examined by a professional dentist like Dr. Carole Gleich DDS. The longer you procrastinate professional attention, the more likely you are to experience a severe cavity on the affected tooth.
The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel and the location of the compromised surface will largely influence the treatment method that Dr. Carole Gleich DDS suggests.
It might be possible for Dr. Carole Gleich DDS to repair a minor fracture by installing a dental filling.
If the fractured tooth has compromised a large area of tooth, Dr. Carole Gleich DDS might recommend a total restoration of the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternative dental material.
Going forward, it would be wise to sleep with a protective night guard during sleep to prevent further damage to your teeth.
If you live in the Shawnee Mission, Kansas, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 913-553-3046 to have it treated and repaired at Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates.