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Bruxism is a technical term associated with chronic night grinding. Some individuals will grind their teeth while sleeping as a result of chronic stress or possible allergic reaction.

Unfortunately, the excessive force applied to your teeth when unconsciously clenching and grinding can have a significant effect on the tooth enamel.

If you suspect you have been grinding your teeth while sleeping, or you have noticed a chip on one of your teeth, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Alma Vallderuten. After she assesses the damage to your teeth, she will present you with the most effective treatment strategy.

Any damaged teeth will need to be repaired as soon as possible by either installing a dental filling or by performing a dental crown restoration. Once all affected teeth have been treated Dr. Alma Vallderuten might suggest wearing a dental guard in your mouth whenever you sleep.

This removable dental appliance can help cushion the biting surfaces while also allowing a modest amount of slip between the top and bottom rows of teeth. This can help prevent further damage to your tooth enamel and reduce any latent tension in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.  

If you live in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area and you have chipped or fractured teeth from untreated bruxism, you should call 954-491-5748 to schedule an examination at Vallderuten Dental Associates.