Can your teeth really bend?- Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 13. September 2014 06:30

Can your teeth really bend? Absolutely they flex and bend every day. If you grind your teeth, they will even bend more with that extra stress placed on them. This is evident because many patients have notches on their teeth at the gum line. These notches called abfractions, can continue to get worse because of an unstable bite, but also through abrasion from an improper toothbrush that is too hard. The tooth flexes at the bone level where the root begins. When a tooth does not have much enamel, it can even flex more. Often I see porcelain that is broken at the gum line. This type of fracture is from flexing, as opposed to porcelain fractures from other causes in other areas. Another symptom from tooth flexure is sensitivity. This is a very common cause of sensitivity in multiple teeth in someone's mouth. If you have these type of symptoms this is not normal and should be evaluated by your dentist.

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