Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

Is Your Bite Stronger Than Your Crown?

Did you know that humans have set records of biting with a force exceeding 200 pounds? Our jaws are meant to pack a powerful bite! This can come in handy when we put away our favorite foods, but it can occasionally be a problem.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for clenching and grinding your teeth. Bruxism usually happens when you’re asleep, so you might not even know that you have this habit! Teeth grinding and clenching is closely linked to stress and can be damaging to teeth, gums, and your TMJ.

Some signs of bruxism include:

  • Reports from others that you grind your teeth in your sleep
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Flat-looking teeth
  • Aching teeth
  • Jaw pain

How Teeth Grinding Affects Your Crown

Over a hundred pounds of pressure wearing on a crown could cause it to fracture, loosen, or wear down the opposing tooth. Just as natural teeth are harmed by bruxism – your fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations are also at risk!

Don’t Let Bruxism Ruin Your Crown!

What can you do if you grind your teeth? If one crowned tooth is wearing down another, a simple solution is to crown the opposite tooth, as well. Alternatively, a special mouth guard worn at night can prevent your teeth from wearing against each other while you sleep. Finally, extra strong materials can be used to create a crown that’s wear-resistant.

If you’ve noticed signs that you could be grinding your teeth, schedule a visit with your local dentist as soon as possible. A professional exam will help you find out whether your dental crowns and other restorations are at risk for damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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