When you grind and clench your teeth on a nightly basis, this could lead to damage to your smile. You could even break a tooth! To avoid these complications and safeguard your smile’s health and beauty, you need to treat your bruxism. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will discuss our comfortable and noninvasive approach to treatment.
The Causes of Bruxism
Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth frequently, and this could be brought on by high levels of stress in your daily life. Other factors could include changes to your bite balance and strain on your jaw joints, brought on by malocclusion, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, or complications with the growth and development of your smile. As part of your treatment, we will carefully examine your smile and assess the wear and friction on your teeth. Once we understand the causes of your grinding and clenching, we can move forward with the most appropriate treatment option.
The Damage to Your Smile
When we grind and clench our teeth frequently this could wear down the teeth to make them appear short and uneven. You could also develop cracked or chipped teeth. This damage not only impacts smile esthetics, but could increase the risks of tooth decay and dental infection, which causes worsening pain and even threatens the stability of your smile. Once we start treatment, we can also repair damage using dental bonding or even custom-made crowns to rebuild worn down structures and address cracks or chips. This helps safeguard your smile, and we take steps to ensure your repairs look natural and blend with the smile.
How We Bring Relief
For many people, we will use an oral appliance to bring relief. This is a custom-fitted device that we design and create based on detailed digital images we take of your smile. When worn at night, this helps reposition the jaw to ease strain and tension, and also provides a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage. Other treatments include orthodontics to address misalignment, prosthetics to replace missing them, or crowns and contouring to help improve overall bite balance.
If you have any questions about how we treat these concerns and bring relief, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a healthy, comfortable, and attractive smile for years to come.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Bruxism
Our team wants to help you stop grinding or clenching your teeth each night. If you would like to learn more about easing the pain and injury to your smile with a custom oral appliance, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.