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Do you live a stressful life? This can affect on your body in a variety of ways. For some people, chronic stress can cause them to unconsciously grind their teeth at night while sleeping. This is called bruxism. Bruxism can apply undue force to the biting surfaces of your teeth and the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Over time this may cause dental attrition, TMJ Disorder, or even a dental fracture.

Many dental fractures from night grinding happen on the biting surface of the tooth. The effect is not always as noticeable as you might think. 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 might also occur.

A dental guard in your mouth can help prevent these complications. This is a thermoplastic material that is custom created to provide a cushion between your top and lower arches and protect your jaw.

If your teeth are already damaged, seek treatment as soon as possible with Dr. Faith Cousins at her dental offices in Silver Spring, Maryland – especially in the case of a dental fracture, no matter how small. Otherwise the compromised area of tooth enamel may foster a cavity deep in the already distressed tooth, creating further complications.

If you live in the Silver Spring, Maryland area and you have suffered a fractured tooth, you can phone 301-589-2714 to seek treatment at Faith Cousins DDS.