My teeth started hurting, especially my back teeth. When I went to see my dentist about it, he said it is because I grind my teeth and they are now so worn that they need to be crowned. I’m fine with that but wondered if it is a waste of money. Will the crowns hold up to teeth grinding? I didn’t even realize I was doing that so it came as a surprise to me.
I’m going to be honest and tell you I am a tad concerned about some of the things I’m hearing here. First, don’t beat yourself up over the fact that you weren’t aware this was going on. Most people who grind their teeth do it while they are asleep. Unless their spouse or dentist warns them about the habit, they have no way of knowing. That leads me to a big concern.
Your dentist didn’t tell you. He seems to have recognized the problem when you asked about it, but if he recognized it during your exams and didn’t tell you he is negligent. If he didn’t recognize it and you are already to the point where you need the teeth crowned, then he is incompetent. Either way, I’m going to recommend you get a new dentist. At the very least I want you getting a second opinion.
Teeth Grinding and Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are very strong. However, they are not going to be stronger than your teeth. Just like your teeth were damaged by your teeth grinding, the crowns will be as well. The good news is, there is a solution.
What annoys me is the solution is so simple and cheap compared to crowning all the damaged teeth that your dentist should have suggested this the first time he noticed the signs of grinding. A simple night guard worn when you go to sleep will keep you from having any further damage to your teeth while you are sleeping.
So, here is what I want you to do. First, get that second opinion to make sure you really do need those dental crowns. If you do, I want you to go to a dentist with a lot of TMJ training and experience. You don’t want someone unqualified throwing off your bite causing even greater problems.
If you don’t need the crowns, all you’ll have to get is the night guard to prevent any further damage. You will actually want that either way.
Best of luck to you and please get a new dentist!
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