Do you suffer from chronic bruxism? Instead of letting teeth grinding or clenching damage your teeth, why not seek treatment? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will talk about ways you can ease tension and discomfort, and how we offer treatment with a custom and comfortable oral appliance.
The Causes of Bruxism
When you grind or clench your teeth during sleep on a regular basis, sometimes nightly, this could wear down outer structure to make teeth appear short. Bruxism could also crack or chip the outer structure, exposing sensitive tissues to bacteria and allowing cavities or infections to develop. The causes include stress and anxiety, but also factors that cause bite imbalance. For example, missing teeth, malocclusion, injury to the face or jaw, dental misalignment, or untreated TMJ disorder could be factors as well. As part of your treatment, our team will also take steps to understand the causes of these issues, creating a plan that brings your unique case relief.
Common Warning Signs
People often report pain in their teeth, including tooth sensitivity or toothaches. Other warning signs include jaw pain, facial aches, headaches, and migraines. If you have persistent pain in and around your face, or if your significant other lets you know that you’re grinding your teeth at night, then let us know. We will carefully examine your smile with digital x-rays and imaging technology, which allows us to diagnose the causes and assess the severity with precision and accuracy.
Easing Your Discomfort
You can also reduce discomfort by avoiding hard or chewy foods, as the actions needed to consume them could exacerbate symptoms. In addition, you could use a warm compress or washcloth to the side of the face to ease tension. We may even recommend muscle exercises to help with discomfort as well. Cutting back on caffeinated products is a must as well.
Oral Appliance Treatment
Most of the time, we offer treatment with a simple and comfortable oral appliance. The device will be crafted based on the detailed digital images and measurements we’ve taken of your smile, and will look and fit much like a smile nightguard. However, the device also repositions the jaw to correct imbalance and bring relief. You also avoid further damage as the appliance also puts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like bruxism, or if you want to schedule an appointment now, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Bruxism?
We’re ready to offer you a custom approach to treatment for issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism. If you want to learn more about how we bring relief and comfort to your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.