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Bruxism is the technical term associated with the chronic act of night grinding. It is often associated with unresolved chronic stress. However, some adults and children might grind their teeth as a side effect of an untreated allergy

When bruxism occurs on a frequent basis the excessive force from clenching and grinding both sets of teeth can potentially fracture one or more of your teeth. While a problem like this is more likely to occur on the biting surface of molars and premolars any tooth in your mouth can be damaged.

Even if the damaged tooth doesn’t cause any initial discomfort or sensitivity you should still have it examined, as soon as possible by a dentist like Dr. Mehrdad Safavian. Without timely treatment the aberrant textures in the tooth enamel could harbor a growing area of tooth decay.

Patients suffering from a minor dental fracture might have the tooth treated by installing a dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel was damaged Dr. Safavian might recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer.

After the tooth has been repaired you might want to wear a dental guard in your mouth when you sleep. This soft yet durable removable mouthpiece that you wear in your mouth while sleeping. It will cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth to prevent further damage.

If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area and you have a fractured tooth, you should call 614-763-6460 to have it examined and treated at Capitol Square Dental.