When you grind your teeth on a nightly basis, this could be a disorder known as bruxism. Without care, this could lead to more than an irritating sound for your significant other. Bruxism could actually damage your teeth and leave them vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our treatment options.
The Causes of Teeth Grinding
Why do some of us have issues with regular grinding and clenching? The issue often develops due to high levels of stress, or factors that upset the balance of your bite. Along with anxiety, causes could include tooth loss, misalignment, malocclusion, injury to the face or jaw, and even untreated TMJ disorder. You should watch for symptoms like headaches and migraines, jaw and facial pain, popping or clicking in your jaw, or toothaches or tooth sensitivity. When you experience persistent pain in and around your smile, let us know so we can perform a detailed examination!
Dangers Posed by Bruxism
Without treatment, the constant pressure from the disorder could alter the appearance of your teeth, making them appear shorter than usual. In addition, the damaged outer enamel means an increased risk of painful tooth decay and dental infections, which threatens the overall stability of your smile! Instead of suffering the loss of your smile, talk to our team. With advanced technology, we can provide digital x-rays and images to assess the presence of teeth grinding. When we examine these songs of wear and friction, we can help choose the best treatment option for you.
Treatment with an Appliance
For some, care could include orthodontics to correct bite imbalance and misalignment, or possibly the placement of a dental crown to restore balance. If you have missing teeth, we could discuss the placement of a bridge or denture, or possibly even advanced dental implants. However, the most common treatment is an oral appliance. The device is custom-fitted for your smile and is worn as you sleep like a mouthguard. The device repositions the jaw to ease pressure, and also puts a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to stop further damage from occurring. We could also use dental bonding or crowns to repair and restore the damaged teeth.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat an issue like bruxism, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Teeth Grinding?
We’re ready to correct damage and prevent worsening symptoms with an oral appliance. If you would like to learn more about addressing issues like bruxism, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.