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Some adults will unconsciously grind their teeth while sleeping as a result of chronic, untreated stress. The strong clenching of jaw muscles and the excessive force of grinding can lead to several different oral health problems.

Early on, it can cause chips and minor dental fractures on multiple teeth. This is even more likely to occur on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. In time, the damaged teeth can become increasingly sensitive and will be at increased risk of suffering newly developed cavities.

In a situation like this, you should have the damaged teeth examined and treated by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Tim Woodruff. If the tooth is severely compromised or was previously repaired with a dental filling, Dr. Tim Woodruff might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material such as dental grade porcelain.

Once the compromised teeth have been treated, Dr. Tim Woodruff might also recommend wearing a dental guard in your mouth when you sleep. This can help prevent further damage to your teeth and reduce your chances of suffering TMJ disorder.

If you live in the Jonesboro, Arkansas, area and you have teeth damaged by frequent night grinding, you should call 870-972-8190 to seek treatment at Woodruff Family Dental.