When untreated stress causes you to unconsciously grind your teeth at night, it can pose several different threats to the health of your mouth. If you are reluctant to wear a dental guard to bed, the grinding force could potentially cause chips and other dental fractures to the biting surfaces of multiple teeth.
The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will largely influence the repair or restoration methods that Dr. Philippe Athuil presents at his Beverly Hills, California, clinic.
It might be possible for a small bruxism-related fracture to be repaired with a standard amalgam filling. If a large amount of the biting surface has been compromised, Dr. Philippe Athuil might recommend a special inlay or onlay filling.
If a large amount of the tooth enamel has been damaged, Dr. Philippe Athuil might recommend a total restoration of the tooth enamel layer with a crown. Dr. Philippe Athuil will remove all of the tooth enamel, leaving behind an abutment containing the internal tissues of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab where your permanent crown is custom-made. A temporary crown, made from hard plastic, will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When the crown is ready, Dr. Philippe Athuil will call you back for a second appointment. At this session, he will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
Going forward, you might want to consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth to protect your remaining teeth from potential harm.
If you live in the Beverly Hills, California, area and you’ve recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 310-286-2241 to have it treated and repaired by Dr. Philippe Athuil.