Have you ever had a filling done that just seems to keep falling out or popping off for no reason at all? You’re taking good care of your teeth, eat right and don’t have any cavities – what could be causing it? There is actually a very logical explanation why your filling constantly needs to be replaced, and there are some simple steps that you can take to keep it from happening again.
Uncontrolled clenching and grinding will cause flexion and tension to your teeth. Even though tooth enamel is extremely strong, it can still become susceptible to overuse and stresses that are more than what are used during everyday biting and chewing. Bruxism (clenching and grinding) not only causes abnormal wear, fractures, or chipping in the enamel – it can also cause fillings to break or even pop off of the tooth.
So what can you do to stop it? The first step is having your dentist check your occlusal patterns to see if certain areas are getting more wear than others. If you have crowding or an irregular bite, it might be worth discussing orthodontic therapy to correct your bite and lengthen the lifetime of your smile. If stress from everyday life is making you clench or grind your teeth, it’s worth your time to invest in a custom fitted occlusal guard or bite splint. Wearing a splint prevents the teeth from clenching against each other while also training the jaws to rest when they ought to be.
The modest investment that you make in a bite splint will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in dental care later on. If you suspect that you’re beginning to suffer wear, it’s time to have your smile checked by your dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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