Dental fractures and chipped tooth enamel can cause significant distress and discomfort. Left untreated, the compromised surface of the affected tooth could collect bacterial deposits, which in turn can lead to a severe case of tooth decay.
While many people understand the threat posed by chewing on foreign objects and using their teeth as improvised tools, these things are not the only potential causes of dental fractures. Sometimes, the force exerted by clenching your jaw muscles and grinding your teeth while sleeping can also cause a dental fracture. This chronic condition, which is also known as bruxism can also lead to damaged dental fillings, and dental work.
Fortunately, using a quality dental guard when you go to sleep can help reduce the impact associated with chronic night grinding. A dental guard is a special mouthpiece made from a durable yet comfortable dental grade material. When you wear a dental guard, it will help to cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing for a slight amount of natural slip. This can help protect your teeth from harm. It might also help to lessen some of the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder and your jaw muscles.
If you live in the Leadville, Colorado, area and you have been grinding your teeth on a regular basis, you should call 719-486-2060 to schedule a dental checkup at Leadville Dental Center. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Lance Schamberger, Dr. Mark Gregston and Dr. Marc Thomas are here to help you!