Grinding your teeth at night can often be the result of chronically untreated stress or a side effect of an untreated allergy. While it might not seem like a big deal at first, you should not dismiss the potential harm that unmitigated bruxism can pose to your teeth and the general health of your temporomandibular joints.
The constant clenching and grinding each night can start to compromise tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to chips and dental fractures on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. Some people will also experience damage to their front teeth caused by the act or grinding.
In some cases of bruxism, complications have also contributed to damaged dental fillings and other dental work.
Even if the initial fracture doesn’t cause you pain or sensitivity, the damaged tooth enamel could start to trap bacterial deposits. In time the chipped tooth could come to foster a severe cavity.
Fortunately, sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth can help reduce your chances of suffering chipped teeth from chronic night grinding. This is a special mouthpiece made from a durable yet soft dental grade plastic.
When worn in your mouth it cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing for a slight amount of natural slip. This can help protect your teeth and preserve the health of your temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Owasso, Oklahoma, area and you have chips on your teeth from chronic night grinding you should call 918-272-0707 to schedule an examination at Renaissance Dental.