Bruxisim is a recognized medical condition, where someone grinds their teeth on a regular basis. In many cases bruxism is a result of excess stress and may require psychological techniques to remedy. Unfortunately, the forces imparted on your teeth when you grind them at night can cause chips, fractures and cracks in your tooth enamel.
Even if this damaged enamel doesn’t cause you pain, the area is still more likely to be exploited by bacteria to form cavities. To prevent tooth decay from having access to the shallow enamel area and the internal structures of the tooth, Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt might recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.
Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to make sure the interior of the tooth is healthy. Then they will use a drill to remove most of the enamel layer of the tooth to form an abutment.
At the end of the session Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt will take an impression of the area and cover the abutment with a temporary crown. The impression is sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while they produce your crown.
Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt will call you to schedule a follow up appointment when the crown is completed. During this appointment they will remove the temporary crown and cement the new permanent crown in place.
If grinding your teeth at night has caused damage to one or more of your teeth, you should call Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt at 804-737-4444 to schedule an appointment.