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Bruxism is a chronic oral condition related to grinding your teeth on a nightly basis. It is often associated with untreated stress, or latent allergy problems.

While it might seem innocuous at first, the excessive force of clenching and grinding both sets of teeth, can potentially chip or fracture tooth enamel. This is more likely to occur on the biting surface of molars and premolars, but any tooth in your mouth could be vulnerable.

Even if the chipped area of tooth enamel doesn’t cause immediate discomfort or sensitivity problems, you should still have it examined at Flores Dental Care’s dental clinic. Without professional treatment, the abnormal textures of the damaged tooth enamel could harbor a growing area of tooth decay.

Sometimes Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores and her team can repair a small dental fracture on a molar or premolar with a simple dental filling. If a large area of tooth enamel was damaged and sensitive core of the tooth is healthy, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores might advocate fully restoring it with a dental crown.

After the damaged tooth has been fully repaired, you might want to consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. Once it has been installed, the soft, yet durable removable mouth guard will protect your teeth while sleeping. It will cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth to prevent further damage.

If you live in the Mission, Texas, area and you have a fractured tooth, you should call 956-583-0055 to have it examined and treated at Flores Dental Care.