Is it an auto-immune disease?
What do these terms have in common? Tooth Grinding is the aggressive
wear of the enamel and dentin from one jaw to the opposing jaw’s tooth structures. Auto-Immune Diseases are essentially dysfunctions where your body attacks itself as if it were a foreign invader. These are always of a soft tissue (bone is also considered soft tissue) nature. Teeth on the other hand are hard tissue. In fact the enamel of the teeth is the hardest structure of the human body.
Sounds far fetched, doesn’t it? How would you get your real teeth to a doctor in a distant location? Well, I don’t think we are there quite yet (maybe 50%) but many aspects of Tele-Dentistry are here today. We regularly send radiographs and photographs via, e-mail. We have the ability to take digital impressions and then send the electronic data cross-country or across town to a laboratory to fabricate a restoration, i.e. crown or fixed bridge. Insurance claims can be sent seamlessly, en masse, from the office at days, end and never have ink meet paper.