Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Some of the damage that can occur includes:
- Chipped teeth
- Tooth flattening and tooth wear
- Cracked tooth enamel
- Cracked, loose, or broken fillings
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Tooth collapse
Bruxism can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.
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