Bruxism Could Damage Your Smile

los angeles bruxismWhen you grind or clench your teeth on a regular basis, known as bruxism, this could lead to chipped, cracked, or worn down teeth. Damage not only changes the beauty of your smile, but harms your oral health too. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA dentist talks about treating bruxism.

The Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism

Some of us may grind our teeth occasionally, especially during periods of high stress, but when this occurs on a frequent basis, this could be a disorder known as bruxism. The disorder could be caused by changes to your bite balance, such as tooth loss, malocclusion, injury, misalignment, or untreated TMJ disorder. People with the disorder may be alerted to it by a significant other who hears them grind their teeth at night. Symptoms can also occur in the waking hours, such as headaches, jaw pain, migraines, aches in the neck or shoulders, popping or crackling in the jaw, or toothache and tooth sensitivity. When you have prolonged pain in your face or jaw, then let us know right away.

Assessing Your Disorder

When you come to our office, we will take a close look at your smile with digital intraoral camera images and x-rays, which allow us to closely examine the teeth for signs of wear and friction, as well as the jaw joints and oral structures. If we discover the tell-tale signs of bruxism, we will choose the best solution. For some, this could involve physical therapy, special medications, or prosthetics to address the gap caused by tooth loss, such as dental implants. You may also need orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment and bring balance to your bite. For most people, we offer oral appliance therapy.

How We Bring Relief

With oral appliance therapy, we take detailed digital images and measurements to create a digital impression, and use it to design an appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard. When worn as you sleep, the device repositions the jaw to ease pressure, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage. If you have any questions about how we bring relief for chronic teeth grinding and clenching, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile for years to come!

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Treating Teeth Grinding

Our team is ready to help correct issues that cause you to grind and clench your teeth. If you would like to learn more about treating issues with pressure and imbalance using an oral appliance, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.