When you grind your teeth on a regular basis, this could place enormous pressure on your teeth and leave you vulnerable to damaged teeth and tooth decay/dental infection. Our team can offer a comfortable and custom treatment option, one that is noninvasive too. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about using oral appliance therapy to treat bruxism.
The Causes of Bruxism
Teeth grinding occurs when the jaws become strained and the balance of the bite is upset. Common examples include injury to the face or jaw, issues with the growth and development of the jaw, tooth loss, and malocclusion caused by dental misalignment. High levels of stress in your daily life could also cause bruxism, as could untreated TMJ disorder.
Recognizing the Warning Signs
Common warning signs include headaches and migraines, jaw and facial pain, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and aches in the neck and shoulders. When you experience one or more of these common warning signs, then you need to seek treatment right away. Otherwise, the pressure on your teeth could crack or chip teeth to cause tooth decay and dental infection. The appearance of your teeth could change too. Our team will carefully examine your teeth with digital technology to assess the cause and severity of your bruxism. We then choose the most appropriate treatment option to bring relief and prevent further damage.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
For some, we could use a dental prosthetic to replace your missing teeth, or aligners or braces to correct orthodontic concerns. We could also improve overall bite balance by placing a custom crown or using dental bonding. But the most common treatment option is an oral appliance. The device looks and acts like a mouthguard, and is worn at night. Created based on detailed digital images, the oral appliance will shift the jaw to ease strain and stress. The appliance also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage to the teeth. If you have sustained damage, our team could use crowns or dental bonding to repair the teeth and offer esthetically pleasing results.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat bruxism, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you avoid the damage and discomfort of teeth grinding, so you can enjoy better oral health.
Speak With Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Bruxism
At Cleveland Family Dentistry, we want to offer relief for chronic teeth grinding, so you can enjoy a healthy and attractive smile. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.