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Frequent stress in your daily life can cause you to grind your teeth while sleeping. Over time the extreme force exerted by clenching and grinding can lead to chipped tooth enamel, dental fractures and possible problems with the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.

If you have a chipped or damaged tooth it’s best to have it examined and treated by dentist like Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi as soon as possible. A chipped tooth that isn’t treated in reasonable amount of time could start to trap bacterial deposits which could promote severe tooth decay.

The severity of the damage to the tooth enamel will largely influence the treatment strategy that Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi advocates.

Sometimes a small chip or single surface dental fracture can be treated by having him install a dental filling. If the damaged tooth enamel affects the biting surface of a molar or premolar he might recommend a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

Once the tooth has been treated you should consider taking measures to prevent further damage. Sometimes sleeping with a protective dental guard in your mouth to help protect your teeth from further damage.

If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you have a tooth that has been chipped or fractured by chronic night grinding, you should call 415-986-1491 to have it treated and repaired at Richard Choi, DMD & Ryan Choi, DMD.