Do you grind your teeth? Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can wear away more than just the outer enamel coating. It can cause a fractured tooth. If you can see or feel the effects of bruxism, take a look at what you need to know about dental damage, crowns, and your other restoration options.
Does Bruxism Always Cause Dental Damage?
No, bruxism won't always cause serious dental damage (such as chips or cracks). But the constant grinding motion can wear away the tops of your molars. This subtle type of damage can make your teeth shorter or smaller over time. Even though there isn't a noticeable break in your tooth, it may not feel or work the same as it used to. This can make it difficult to chew or speak easily.
Can You Prevent Fractures and Damage From Bruxism?
It's possible to reduce or prevent the effects of teeth grinding before they go from minor to major. A mouthguard and oral behavior changes (ways you move your mouth, teeth, and tongue) may help to stop damage before it starts or progresses into a fracture that requires a restoration/repair.
What Is the Best Restoration For Bruxism-Related Issues?
There is no one-size-fits-all restoration for bruxism-related tooth injuries, damage, or wear. The need for the restoration and the type of repair depends on the individual patient, the extent of the damage, the type of damage, the tooth that is fractured, and overall oral health.
What Types of Restorations Are Available?
Common dental restorations that can repair bruxism-related damage and fractures include crowns, implants, veneers, and bonding. Before you choose one of these options, talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of each type of restoration.
If this is your first restoration or you need more information about these functional and aesthetic options, the primary points you need to know about dental restorations as a treatment for bruxism are:
Dental crowns. This cap is a type of fractured tooth remediation that covers the top of a damaged tooth. A crown will cover the damage and can create a natural tooth-like shape or feel.
Dental implants. An implant replaces the entire tooth. This is an option for patients who have severe dental damage. An implant includes a post or anchor that fuses to the jaw bone, a connector (abutment), and a prosthetic tooth or crown.
Dental veneers. A veneer covers the tooth. This can repair chips/cracks and unevenness.
Dental bonding. The dentist will use a tooth-colored composite resin to reshape the tooth and add surface area.
Some bruxism-related fractures may require more than one restorative treatment. You may need a root canal coupled with a crown to repair a deep or severe fracture.