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Unresolved stress can have an effect on your body in a variety of ways. For some people, chronic stress can cause them to grind their teeth at night while sleeping. This condition, which is also known as bruxism can apply significant force to the biting surfaces of your teeth and the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.

Wearing a quality dental guard in your mouth when you sleep can help prevent these complications from occurring. Should you forgo the use of a dental guard you could be at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth or dental fracture.

Many dental fractures from night grinding occur on the biting surface of the tooth. When this happens, you will likely notice a change in texture on the surface of the tooth. Increased sensitivity when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things, or discomfort when biting down could also occur.

Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause discomfort you should still strongly consider seeking treatment with Dr. Brent Hawkins at his dental offices in Amarillo, Texas. The compromised area of tooth enamel could come to trap bacterial deposits to foster a cavity deep in the already distressed tooth.

If you live in the Amarillo, Texas area and you have suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 806-353-4361 to seek treatment at Hawkins Dental Group.