The disorder bruxism occurs when people grind and clench their teeth frequently, often on a nightly basis. Unless treated, this constant pressure not only leads to orofacial pain, but damaged teeth. The cracks and chips then lead to further complications. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will discuss how we diagnose and then stop teeth grinding!
The Causes of Bruxism
We may experience nightly teeth grinding and clenching episodes for a number of reasons. Causes could be related to high levels of stress in your daily life, or even the presence of untreated TMJ disorder, which strains your smile. Often, the causes are linked to changes in your bite balance and strained jaw joints, which could be the result of tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, misalignment, or issues with the growth of the jaw or oral structures. Part of the treatment process involves carefully examining your smile with advanced digital technology, so we can identify the causes and choose the best solutions.
The Potential for Breakage
The constant pressure from grinding and clenching teeth could eventually wear down outer enamel, or even crack or chip a tooth. The teeth begin to look short, and the damage exposes the inner tissues to bacteria, leading to the onset of painful cavities and dental infections.
Warning Signs and Treatment Options
How do you know if you need treatment? You may experience soreness in the mouth, jaw, or face, as well as headaches and migraines. Toothaches and tooth sensitivity are common too! If you have pain in and around your smile, please let us know right away. For many, we could provide relief with a comfortable and custom-fitted oral appliance. Worn like a mouthguard as you sleep, this custom device actually repositions the jaw to help ease pressure and strain. The device also puts a layer of protection between the upper and lower teeth to avoid further damage if you grind or clench your teeth. We could also discuss orthodontic solutions, or possibly placing restorations to improve overall balance.
If you have any questions about the treatment process, or if you experience one or more of the symptoms we looked at above, then please contact our office today. We want to help you avoid painful orofacial discomfort, and also prevent damage to your smile so you continue to enjoy optimal oral health.
Do You Have Questions About Bruxism Solutions?
We don’t want bruxism to cause damage to your smile, or lead to painful symptoms that reduce your quality of life. To learn more about putting a stop to grinding and clenching in your smile with custom oral appliance therapy, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.