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Worn down teeth from grinding

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Posted by: orthodent  (9 years ago)
Hello,

I grind my teeth at night and now they are wearing down. They have become extremely sensitive as well. I have one tooth on the upper right side, which became shorter than the rest of my teeth. What should be than to fix my damaged teeth? I am scared of the dentists but I think it is time to face my problem. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello. Night-grinding is a common problem among us. If severe it may lead to jaw problems such as TMJ pain and change in our occlusion/bite. Your best option is to schedule an appointment with a dentist and have them take x-ray to evaluate your teeth. In many cases teeth can easily be repaired using more durable instead of esthetic material to prevent failure or breaking off of the restoration due to grinding.
The dentist can make you custom fitted night-guards that you can wear at night that will feet your teeth nicely and won't change or shift teeth positions.
Sensitivity means you have exposed dentin which conduct the sensations through tiny tubules this also puts you at risk for decay because we need enamel to protect our teeth.
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