Did you know that if you grind or clench your teeth on a frequent basis, this could mean you suffer from bruxism? A serious but widespread oral health concerns, bruxism could lead to damaged teeth and major oral health complications unless treated. Fortunately, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist is ready to help put a stop to teeth grinding!
The Causes of Bruxism
Why do we grind our teeth so frequently? The disorder could be caused by changes to the balance of your bite, such as tooth loss or dental misalignment. Other possible causes include injury to the face or jaw, untreated TMJ disorder, and high levels of stress in your daily life.
When you frequently grind or clench your teeth at night, your significant other could let you know this is occurring. Otherwise, you may need to recognize the warning signs that happen during waking hours. For example, you could experience pain in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulders. Headaches or migraines are common, as are changes to the shape of your teeth as the pressure wears down structure. Your teeth could also become cracked or chipped. The damage then makes the onset of tooth sensitivity and toothaches much more likely.
Evaluating Your Smile’s Health
When you experience these warning signs, please come see our team for a diagnosis, With advanced digital technology, we will obtain a clear and detailed picture of your smile, pinpointing the tell-tale signs of wear and friction that indicate bruxism. We then assess the cause and severity of your disorder so we can choose the most appropriate treatment plan to bring relief and prevent further damage.
Often, we correct the issue with a simple oral splint. The appliance looks and fits much like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to ease any strain or stress on the jaw joints. The device also prevents further damage by placing a strong barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. The same option could be used to treat TMJ disorder and other causes of orofacial pain. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating issues like bruxism, then contact our team today. Let’s make 2021 the year you tackle the problems with your smile, so you enjoy better oral health and the ability to smile with confidence once again!
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
We know that headaches and jaw pain could mean your smile needs treatment right away, so don’t hesitate to contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. Our team is ready to help defend your smile against painful disorders like bruxism, TMJ disorder, and more.