Grinding your teeth at night be caused by chronic stress. If you fail to resolve the situation in a reasonable amount of time the grinding motion and clenching can start to affect the biting surfaces of your teeth.
This is even more likely to be an issue for the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars in the back of your mouth if you sleep without the protection of a dental guard.
Even if you aren’t experiencing any immediate distress or discomfort in the fractured tooth, you should still have the tooth examined at Dr. Gemma Dalton’s dental office. As time passes the compromised tooth enamel could harbor bacterial residue causing a large cavity to form.
A dental filling can sometimes be used to repair a chipped tooth or a small dental fracture. If a large area of tooth enamel was damaged but the interior of the tooth is healthy, Dr. Gemma Dalton might recommend fully restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
If you have further concerns about chronic night grinding, Dr. Gemma Dalton can help you understand your dental guard options. Not only can the removable mouthpiece preserve the integrity of your teeth, it can also lessen your chances of suffering TMJ disorder complications.
If you live in the Bedford, Texas, area and you have a fractured tooth, you should call 817-571-1667 to seek treatment at Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS.