Bruxism, commonly known as ‘tooth grinding,’ is the process of clenching together and the grinding of the upper and lower teeth. During sleep, the biting force of clenched jaws can be up to six times greater than during waking hours.
Bruxism can cause complications over the years:
– Wear down tooth enamel
– Break fillings or other dental work
– Worsening of TMJ dysfunction
– Jaw pain, toothaches, headaches, or earaches
– Tooth sensitivity
– Tooth mobility
– Chipped teeth
– Erodes gums and supporting bones contributing to gum disease
The most common procedure to help to alleviate pain and discomfort is a Nightguard.
There are many types of cracked teeth. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location and severity of the crack.
Unlike a broken bone, a fracture in a cracked tooth will never heal. Early diagnosis is important, even with high magnification and special lighting, it is sometimes difficult to determine the extent of a crack.
A crown will bind and protect the cracked tooth. When a crack reaches the tooth root, root canal treatment is frequently needed to treat the injured pulp. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth.
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Natalia Streltsov, D.M.D
Summer Court Dental
1 Summer Court
Hanover, NH 03755
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