Without treatment or remediation chronic stress can cause you to unconsciously grind your teeth and clench your jaw while sleeping. This condition, which is known as bruxism, can pose a significant threat to your teeth. The excessive force applied to the biting surfaces can cause significant chips and dental fractures.
The damaged teeth can become increasingly sensitive and will be at increased risk of suffering newly developed cavities.
To repair the tooth and reduce your chances of suffering severe complications, you should have Dr. Barron examine a damaged tooth to determine the best treatment method.
In some cases he might recommend repairing the damaged biting surface of the tooth with a large inlay or onlay dental filling.
If the tooth is severely compromised or was previously repaired with a dental filling, Dr. Barron might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material such as gold, a base metal alloy, or dental grade porcelain.
Once the tooth has been repaired Dr. Barron might also recommend wearing a dental guard in your mouth when you sleep. This can help prevent further damage to your teeth.
If you live in the Fort Worth, Texas area and you have a fractured or otherwise compromised tooth, you should call 817.732.1626 to seek treatment at Barron Dentistry.