Bruxism is the technical term for grinding your teeth on a nightly basis. Over time, the unnatural stresses applied to the tooth enamel on the biting surfaces of your back teeth can lead to dental distress. This could come in the form of enamel attrition and small dental fractures.
If the compromised area of tooth enamel is small, Dr. Alma Vallderuten might be able to repair the tooth with an amalgam filling. The first step in the process involves numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Then Dr. Alma Vallderuten will remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.
Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of special dental-grade metals. They are dark in color, making them better for repairing a cavity that isn’t visible in your smile. Once it has been applied and shaped to be flush with the surrounding tooth enamel, Dr. Alma Vallderuten will use a special ultraviolet light to cure the filling. This will harden the filling and ensure a strong bond with the remaining tooth enamel.
With the tooth fully repaired, our dentist might also advise you to sleep with a dental guard in your mouth. This soft plastic mouthpiece can protect your teeth from further bruxism complications.
If you live in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area and you have a tooth chipped by chronic night grinding, please call 954-491-5748 to have it treated and repaired at Vallderuten Dental Associates. We want to make sure your smile remains healthy and beautiful!