Your tooth enamel is intended to have the durability to handle the tasks of chewing, grinding, and biting off most common foods. However, there are some things that can apply such unnatural force that it manages to fracture a tooth. One of the more serious, yet often overlooked, causes of dental fractures comes from unconsciously grinding your teeth while your sleep. This can stress the tooth enamel of the biting surface causing chips and fractures of varying severity.
Sleeping with a quality dental guard in your mouth can help prevent these complications from occurring. Should you forgo the use of a dental guard you could be at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth or dental fracture.
Chronic night grinding often causes fractures on the biting surface of molars and premolars. When this happens, you will likely notice a change in texture on the surface of the tooth. Increased sensitivity when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things, or discomfort when biting down could also occur.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause discomfort you should still strongly consider seeking treatment at Dr. Amanda Rhoades’s dental office. The fractured tooth enamel could come to trap bacterial deposits to foster a cavity deep in the already distressed tooth. If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and you have suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 513-231-7474 to seek treatment at Eastern Hills Dental.