Can night time tooth grinders get veneers?
This patient lived on Whidbey Island, Washington and did not have access to a dentist who did more complicated prosthodontics, specifically dealing with bite issues. Her family dentist was a student of Dr. Fondriest's and recommended that she fly to Chicago to have her dental work done. She had lost a significant amount of tooth structure due to bruxism (night time grinding) and had broken much of her previous dentistry.
Veneers for bruxer-tooth grinders
The patient had a gum lift and porcelain veneers done to her upper front teeth. The veneers were created with a shape and appearance that she specified. She had her lips done too! This patient was only 26 years old!
Why Porcelain Veneers Can Help with Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that many suffer from. It can lead to other health issues such as jaw joint damage and re-occurring headaches. In the past, dentists either removed the heavily worn teeth or they crowned them. There are now alternative treatments that require minimal preparation. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest provides custom porcelain veneers that can replace missing tooth enamel, caused by bruxism.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which the clenching, grinding, or gnashing of teeth occurs. This causes tremendous damage to the teeth. Teeth grinding is usually done unconsciously, such as during sleep. Other times, anxiety or stress can cause individuals to gnash, grind or clench their teeth.
Everyone has some amount of wear to the teeth but this amount of wear will vary greatly.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism has several symptoms. Some of those symptoms include:
- Tooth pain
- Jaw and facial muscle pain
- Limited jaw movement
- Heavy tooth wear, chipped, or damaged teeth
- Sore gums
How Porcelain Veneers Can Replace Lost Tooth Enamel from Bruxism
Months and even years of teeth grinding can cause severe damage to the enamel of teeth. Porcelain veneers serve as an alternative in addressing lost tooth enamel from bruxism. Porcelain is a solid and durable material, and can improve a variety of imperfections of the teeth. In addition to teeth grinding, porcelain veneers can improve upon:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshaped teeth
After Dr. Fondriest creates custom porcelain veneers for your teeth, he may offer a tooth guard, or tooth support, to help with bruxism. You may also consider additional medical attention to address the condition.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers for heavy tooth wear? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with personalized care, in a warm and welcoming environment.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States