Did you know that if you grind and clench your teeth on a regular basis, then you may need treatment to avoid damage? By diagnosing and treating bruxism, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will help you enjoy a healthier and stronger smile. In today’s blog, we’re looking at our treatment options for addressing bruxism.
The Causes of Bruxism
Bruxism, or chronic grinding and clenching of your teeth, could be caused by a number of factors, especially those that upset the balance of your bite. For example, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, misalignment, and untreated TMJ disorder could be factors. High levels of stress in your daily life is a major factor behind teeth grinding too. When we examine your smile for signs of wear and friction, we will assess the cause and extent of your teeth grinding before we prescribe treatment. Warning signs of the disorder include headaches, migraines, jaw and facial pain, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches.
Cracking and Chipping Teeth
The pressure from the disorder could begin to wear down the outer structure. The damage to the enamel exposes sensitive inner structures, leading to tooth decay and dental infection. In addition, the teeth could crack, chip, and appear shorter than normal, impacting your overall smile esthetics. Treatment is crucial when you begin to exhibit the symptoms we discussed, as this could help protect and preserve your smile.
We have a number of treatment options to help our patients. For example, we could discuss options to correct misalignment, or use restorations to correct the balance of your smile. Physical therapy could be used to reduce strain and tension in your jaw, and we could manage discomfort with medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy could also help address the issues and stress behind bruxism. However, the most common option is an oral appliance.
To create one, we first need to gather detailed images of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. These images will be combined to create a 3D model of your smile, one we use in a lab setting to design and craft an oral appliance. The finished product looks and fits like a mouthguard, but is custom-fitted for your smile to correct tension. The device also places a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, which helps prevent further damage to the smile.
If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating teeth grinding, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Teeth Grinding?
Don’t let this oral health issue cause problems for your smile’s function and health. If you want to learn more about putting a stop to chronic grinding and clenching, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.