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I have bruxism and my teeth are in bad shape, please help!!!

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Posted by: toothpower  (9 years ago)
Hello everyone!

I developed a severe case of bruxism in the past. I now have a weak enamel and my teeth are already experiencing wear and tear. I am wearing a night guard to protect my teeth. The dentist said majority of my teeth needed to be crowned. The treatment plan that she created for me was very expensive. I cannot afford it. Does anyone know some less expensive alternatives that could withstand my teeth grinding habit? I would be thankful for ideas.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Hey toothpower,

I'm confused as to why your dentist did not recommend other relatively cheaper procedures like overlays and partial dentures (false teeth). While these depend on the extent of wear on your current teeth, they can, however, effectively restore the biting and chewing surfaces to its normal state. Crowns are usually the last resort when it comes down to treating teeth that are affected by bruxism.

You are looking at a limited set of options here and I hope you get a second opinion and decide on one as soon as you can so as to prevent your teeth from any further complications. Be well!
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Hello everyone!

I developed a severe case of bruxism in the past. I now have a weak enamel and my teeth are already experiencing wear and tear. I am wearing a night guard to protect my teeth. The dentist said majority of my teeth needed to be crowned. The treatment plan that she created for me was very expensive. I cannot afford it. Does anyone know some less expensive alternatives that could withstand my teeth grinding habit? I would be thankful for ideas.


People that wear enamel because of bruxism also break porcelain, so I don't think a complete set of crowns is a good idea.

How to stop people from grinding their teeth? I cannot even stop my wife from doing it. All we can do is construct mouthguards to protect the teeth when you grind. Maybe hypnotherapy will work with you.

All I can say is I have been trying to stop patients from grinding their teeth for 33 years, and nothing has eliminated it.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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