Chronic stress can cause you to grind your teeth while you sleep at night. Over time, this can cause minor chips and fractures on your back teeth. Once the tooth enamel has been compromised, the tooth is at a heightened risk of suffering a severe cavity. To prevent this from happening, you should have the tooth examined and repaired at Dr. Steven Driggers’ dental office.
If the compromised area of tooth enamel is small, Dr. Driggers might be able to repair the tooth with an amalgam filling.
The first step in the process involves Dr. Driggers numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Once this is done, Dr. Driggers will use a dental drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will prepare a clean surface that will bond with the filling material.
Dental amalgam is made from a blend of special dental metals. They are dark in color which makes them better for repairing a tooth that doesn’t appear in your smile. Once it has been applied and shaped, Dr. Driggers will use a special ultraviolet light to cure the dental filling. This will harden the amalgam and ensure a strong bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
In the future, Dr. Driggers might also advise you to sleep with a dental guard in your mouth. This soft plastic mouth piece can protect your teeth from further night grinding complications.
If you live in the Avon, Indiana, area and you have a tooth chipped by chronic night grinding, you should call (317) 495-9537 to have it treated and repaired at Sonshine Family Dental.