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Unresolved stress in your daily life can cause you to grind your teeth while you sleep. If this condition, which is known as bruxism, goes unresolved, it can lead to chips and dental fractures on one or more teeth. Even if the damaged tooth enamel doesn’t cause discomfort or heightened sensitivity, you should still seek treatment at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.

Stray food residue and bacterial plaque can become trapped in the damaged tooth enamel surfaces. As time goes by, this could create tooth decay in the already distressed tooth.

A small chip in a non-critical location might be repairable with a simple composite resin or amalgam filling. Unfortunately, a dental fracture or a chip on a critical biting surface might require a total dental crown restoration. This two-stage method of treatment will completely replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative material like porcelain, gold or another metallic alloy.

Going forward, you might want to seek out stress relief techniques to reduce the recurrence of night grinding. Sleeping with a quality dental guard in your mouth can cushion and protect the surfaces of your teeth.

If you live in the Boone, North Carolina, area and you have one or more chipped teeth, you should call (828) 264-5858 to seek professional care from Dr. Jerry Butler.