Broken Teeth Linked to Pandemic Stress Underline Need for Cosmetic Dentistry, says Elegant Dentistry

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Marina del Rey-based Elegant Dentistry comments on a recent article that, while cosmetic and restorative dental treatments can fix broken teeth, patients should try to take time out of their schedule to relax to lower stress and prevent stress-related health problems.

Based in Marina del Rey, Elegant Dentistry provides oral healthcare to patients from throughout the Los Angeles Westside.

Every effort should be made by patients to avoid clenching their jaw, but patients that do suffer from broken teeth or jaw pain have an abundance of cosmetic and restorative options.

A September 18 article on Web MD tells the story of a Seal Beach woman who experienced sudden painful tooth sensitivity related to potential cracking that may have been related to stress over the ongoing pandemic. The article notes that her situation is far from uncommon. The trend appears to have begun immediately after the initial nationwide shutdown orders were issued as a result of COVID-19. While there has been no formal study, it’s thought that the trend may be national as well. The culprit here, the article contends, is likely to be stress. People across the country have certainly been under more pressure over the past six months and involuntary jaw clenching—a natural consequence of anxiety—has led to a sharp increase in fractured teeth. Elegant Dentistry, a dental clinic based in the West Los Angeles neighborhood of Marina del Rey, echoes the sentiment that every effort should be made by patients to avoid clenching their jaw, but patients that do suffer from broken teeth or jaw pain have an abundance of cosmetic and restorative options.

Aside from being a source of pain and discomfort, Elegant Dentistry says broken teeth can be embarrassing and traumatic. The feeling of a broken tooth can be quite jarring and distracting but is also cause for immediate dental attention as the risk for tooth decay and other ailments all increase.

Elegant Dentistry says that there are many highly effective treatment options for broken teeth, all of which can restore the look and feel of a patient’s smile. One approach is that dental crowns can be emplaced to hold together broken pieces of a tooth, as it’s always better to save the broken pieces if possible, and modern crowns are very hard to distinguish from natural teeth. If, however, the break is severe and the viability of the tooth has been compromised, Elegant Dentistry says that extraction and the subsequent installation of a dental implant may be the best option. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth and to the untrained eye, are very difficult to spot.

Elegant Dentistry says that though there are great options for restoring and enhancing the look of a patient’s teeth, prevention should always be the goal. People should try to remain aware of when they’re clenching their jaw while also setting some time aside in their day specifically to relax, in whatever way they choose.

Readers can learn more about Elegant Dentistry by visiting the dental center’s website at https://elegantdentistry.net/ or by calling 310-881-8676.

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