We briefly mentioned bruxism in our last blog, and today would like to discuss a bit more about chronic teeth grinding. When we grind our teeth, we risk damaging our smile and leaving teeth vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and abscesses. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist discusses how we help people stop grinding their teeth!
The Causes and Dangers of Bruxism
Bruxism places enormous pressure on the teeth, and could wear down outer structure and expose sensitive inner tissues to bacteria. As a result, people with teeth grinding issues could be more likely to develop tooth decay and dental infection. The teeth could also appear short, or could crack and chip. Bruxism often occurs when issues upset the balance of the bite, such as tooth loss, untreated TMJ disorder, misalignment, and injury to the face or jaw. High levels of stress could also be a factor. Don’t let your smile’s health, function, and stability suffer, seek treatment right away by giving us a call.
When to Make an Appointment
A significant other may let you know that you’re grinding or clenching your teeth. Otherwise, you may need to know about the warning signs that occur during your waking hours. You may notice headaches, migraines, jaw pain, or a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. Aches in the face, neck, and shoulders could develop as well, along with toothaches and tooth sensitivity. If you have regular pain in and around your smile, then you should schedule a consultation with us to see if you need treatment.
Our Treatment Options
To help correct bite balance, we could place dental crowns, or address tooth loss with a prosthetic, including a bridge or dental implant. Our team could also help by correcting misalignment using a series of clear and cozy plastic aligners. The most common treatment option is to create an oral appliance, one that looks and fits like a mouthguard. The device is custom-fitted for a comfortable fit, and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain on the jaw joints. The device also prevents further damage since it places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth.
If you have any questions about how we treat teeth grinding and TMD-related issues, or if you would like to schedule your next checkup and cleaning visit, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Bruxism?
Our team is here to help offer relief by putting a stop to your chronic teeth grinding. If you want to learn more about the process of diagnosing and treating chronic bruxism, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.