Bruxism is a disorder that refers to chronic teeth grinding or clenching. Without treatment, this could eventually cause damage to your smile and cause serious complications. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how to recognize common symptoms, and what kind of treatment we can offer to stop your teeth grinding.
The Causes of Bruxism
Often, chronic teeth grinding develops when changes to your smile upset bite balance and strain the jaw joints, such as tooth loss, dental misalignment, malocclusion, or injury to the face or jaw. Other times, the cause could be related to high levels of stress in your daily life. When this develops, you grind and clench your teeth on a regular basis, which could weaken outer enamel, chipping and cracking teeth or wearing down structure. This exposes sensitive inner portions of the tooth to bacteria, making the onset of painful tooth decay and infection more likely.
Possible Warning Signs
A significant other may let you know that you’re grinding your teeth, but there are symptoms that occur during your waking hours too. For example, you could notice your teeth feel sensitive or ache. You may notice frequent headaches or migraines. Jaw and facial pain are common too. If you experience pain in and around your face and jaw, let us know. In addition to damaged teeth and cavities, bruxism could also mean an increased risk of TMJ disorder, which makes opening and closing your jaw difficult.
As part of your treatment, we can discuss ways to help repair the damage that has occurred. Dental bonding or even custom dental crowns could help restore the worn down or broken teeth, returning your smile to optimal beauty again.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Often, we treat the issue with a noninvasive oral appliance. Essentially, we use digital technology to take detailed images and scans of your mouth, so we can plan your treatment with precision and accuracy. We use the images to design and craft an oral appliance, which is worn like a mouthguard when you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to address the factors behind your bruxism, and also puts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage. We could also suggest physical therapy and medication to ease discomfort during the treatment process as well.
If you have any questions about how we treat issues like bruxism, or if you would like to make an appointment, then contact our team today!
Do You Have Questions About Teeth Grinding Treatment?
We want to help bring you relief for your discomfort and also preserve the health and function of your smile. If you want to learn more about the dangers of untreated teeth grinding, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.