Do you ever grind your teeth? While most of us do so occasionally, regular grinding and clenching of your teeth could damage your smile and lead to major complications. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss the causes of bruxism, and how we can help you stop with a custom oral appliance.
The Factors Behind Bruxism
The disorder could be caused by strain on the jaw joints, such as untreated TMJ disorder. Other factors could include high levels of stress in your daily life, injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, bite imbalance, or dental misalignment. As part of the treatment process, our team will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital technology, which allows us to diagnose the cause of your bruxism and assess severity. From there, we choose the perfect treatment option to improve your smile.
Symptoms and Long-Term Impacts
A significant other may let you know if you grind your teeth at night. However, there are also warning signs you can recognize during waking hours, such as tooth sensitivity, toothaches, headaches, migraines, jaw pain, and aches in the neck and shoulders. If you experience one or more of these potential warning signs, then please contact our team right away. We will perform a diagnosis to see what treatment you may need. Remember, treatment is crucial to avoid serious complications. The damage to your enamel could mean teeth appear small and uneven, and could increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. For some, you could even experience an increased risk of tooth loss!
Possible Treatment Options
How do we address your teeth grinding? For some, we may correct misalignment with orthodontics including clear aligners, to improve balance and alignment. Others may benefit from the placement of dental crowns to improve overall balance. However, the most common solution is an oral appliance. Custom fitted for your smile using digital scanning technology, the device fits like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The appliance then repositions the jaw to improve balance, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage. If you have any questions about how we treat your teeth grinding, or if you exhibit one or more of the warning signs we discussed, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office About Bruxism
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to help you avoid damaged smiles and major oral health complications, so you continue to smile with confidence and enjoy a comfortable smile. To find out more about putting a stop to teeth grinding and clenching with preventive dentistry, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.