For many people, grinding their teeth is more than just an annoying habit. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding can damaged your smile, causing chips and cracks. Furthermore, over time teeth can even become worn down. At The Silverstrom Group, we provide the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to repair teeth damaged from bruxism. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discusses how our procedures can return your teeth to optimal beauty and health. The Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism A variety of factors may lead to the onset of bruxism, including bite misalignment and even anxiety. Without treatment, teeth grinding may even lead to TMJ disorder, which causes aching jaw joints, headaches, and even difficulty opening the mouth. As the teeth are worn down and damaged as a result of bruxism, the sensitive inner tooth structure becomes exposed to harmful bacteria. Soon, patients can develop tooth decay and dental infection. In the event of a serious infection, the tooth may require extraction. Restoring Damaged Teeth To restore broken or fractured teeth, yourLivingston NJ general dentists may recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Dental bonding involves applying several thin layers of composite resin to the injured tooth and curing the material with a special light. The tooth will be then be molded and sculpted. Veneers are thin shells of special dental porcelain that Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will place on the front teeth. Veneers look natural and restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, or worn down. For severe damage, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may also place a custom-made porcelain crown over the tooth, preventing further infection and preserving the remaining tooth structure. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Bruxism, or teeth grinding, damages your teeth and increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. To learn more or receive a diagnosis, talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of TMJ disorder. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.