Unresolved issues with chronic stress can make you grind your teeth on a nightly basis. The longer this occurs, the more likely you are to experience a chip or minor fracture in your tooth. This is more likely to happen on molars and premolars. However, if you don’t use a dental guard, any tooth in your mouth could be harmed by the extreme forces involved.
All chipped teeth need to be repaired, but the teeth chipped by the chronic night grinding of bruxism are especially at risk. The nightly rigors of grinding can quickly turn a small chip into a major one. Even if the fracture doesn’t increase in size, bacterial deposits could cause a severe amount of tooth decay in the distressed tooth.
The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will determine the method your dentist recommends for repairing the tooth. A small chip might be repaired with a dental filling.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, your dentist might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental grade material.
Going forward, your dentist might be able to provide you with a high-quality dental guard. This simple mouthpiece can cushion your teeth from damage as well as allow a little bit of soft slip to reduce tension in your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Lake Charles, Louisiana, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, please call 337-478-3232 to have it examined and repaired at Oak Park Dental. Our team of dental specialists, Dr. Harry Castle, Dr. James McGee, Dr. Kyle Ferro, Dr. Robert Lamb, Dr. Karlnelius Duhon, Dr. Mai Tran, and Dr. Jennifer Swedlow are here for you!