Patients with a broken or cracked tooth should promptly seek dental attention, but that there are also steps that can be taken to limit or prevent involuntary teeth clenching.
WEST COVINA, Calif. (PRWEB) October 14, 2020
A September 25 article on The Hill reports on a new potential side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic: cracked and broken teeth as a possible result of excessive tooth grinding and jaw clenching. The article notes that the consensus among the dental and medical communities is that a nationwide increase in anxiety, most likely due to the current health crisis and its rippling effects, is causing people to inadvertently damage their teeth. West Covina-based dental center A-Z Dental Care says that patients with a broken or cracked tooth should promptly seek dental attention, but that there are also steps that can be taken to limit or prevent involuntary teeth clenching.
A-Z Dental Care says that a condition known as bruxism may be the primary culprit at work here, and it most often manifests itself in the way described above, particularly as a result of stress. More importantly, the dental center says that bruxism is treatable with night guards that prevent patients from clenching or grinding their jaw while they sleep. A-Z Dental Care notes that patients would also do well to try and remain aware of their clenching habits, adding that taking a break from work or other stressful activities periodically can relieve a lot of excess pressure on vulnerable teeth.
The dental center says that patients that do end up breaking or cracking teeth due to bruxism or any other reason don’t need to be unreasonably worried though. Dental crowns and many other treatments present viable options for repairing or replacing teeth, A-Z Dental Care notes. The center adds that in most cases, a dental crown can hold the broken pieces of a tooth together and in place. The procedure is often relatively quick, and most patients report minimal downtime.
A-Z Dental Care says that in rare cases, however, it may be necessary to completely replace a broken tooth via a dental implant. The center says that dental implants mimic the natural look and feel of a patient’s original teeth and while the process can take some time, most patients can’t tell the difference once the procedure is fully complete.
A-Z Dental Care notes that either way, breaking a tooth can be fairly traumatic and painful but these treatments can effectively restore a patient’s beautiful smile.
Interested readers can learn more about A-Z Dental Care’s services by visiting their website at https://www.atozdentalcare.com or by calling the center at (626) 314-6908.