When the upper and lower teeth continuously touch or rub against each other, eventually the enamel will become worn. Teeth also can chip, crack and shorten when put under prolonged stress. Some signs that you may be experiencing tooth wear from grinding include:
- Oddly jagged or unusually smooth teeth
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Yellowing of the teeth
- Broken or painful dental restorations
- Your bite feels “off”
The best way to stop grinding and clenching is to train yourself not to do it, but this can be virtually impossible, especially if you grind your teeth while sleeping. Your dentist can create a custom-made night guard that will protect your teeth, jaw joints and muscles from the stress of constant grinding and clenching. If you grind your teeth while you’re awake, you can use your night guard then, too.
Each case is different, but veneers and crowns are typically effective and beautiful solutions for repairing worn teeth. They are made with strong, durable materials that will protect your teeth and enhance your smile.
To learn more about prevention and treatment for tooth wear from grinding and clenching, contact us at Red Bank Smiles to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist today. We look forward to serving all of your dental care needs.