Aaron

The first step is having your dentist help you stop your habit or control its effects.

You used the phrase "night grinding." Stopping a habit you do when you sleep may be impossible. The classic way to control the effects of night grinding is by wearing a "nightguard" (a plastic applicance, usually just worn on the upper teeth, that protects your teeth from the wear and stress of grinding).

Once your habit has been controlled, you and your dentist can then decide:
1) If no more damage will take place, are your teeth functional and esthetically reasonable enough that no treatment is needed?
2) If treatment is needed, then your dentist can develop a treatment plan for you and you can get started on it, sooner or later since no further damage is taking place.

But if you skip straight to fixing up your teeth first without first controlling the effects of your grinding, you'll learn the expensive lesson that no type of dental work can withstand the effects of a serious bruxing habit any better than your natural teeth did. And in some cases, the dental work placed (depending on what kind) may cause far more damage to their opposing teeth (the teeth the restorations bite against) than if no new restorations had ever been placed at all.

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