How Does Teeth Grinding Hurt Your Smile?

Do you grind your teeth? We all do so occasionally, but if these are regular occurrences for you, then your smile could be at risk. In today’s blog, we’re talking about how teeth grinding could hurt your smile and looking at possible treatment options. Don’t live with the pain and discomfort of bruxism, let your Garland, TX, dentist know today!

The Causes of Bruxism

Why do some of us grind our teeth or clench our jaws on a regular basis? There are multiple factors behind bruxism, such as tooth loss, malocclusion, misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, and in most cases, high levels of stress in your daily life. The issue may also occur as a result of untreated TMJ disorder, a jaw joint disorder that impacts your ability to fully open and close your mouth. In order to recommend treatment, we will need to examine your smile and assess the wear and friction on the teeth. From there, we will decide if you need treatment and what solution will best address your nightly grinding.

Signs You Need Teeth Grinding Treatment

For some, a significant other may pick up in the teeth grinding and let them know. However, others will need to know what symptoms tend to manifest in the daytime hours. Some patients report pain in the jaw or face, toothaches or tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and persistent headaches. If one or more of these warning signs sounds familiar, then please let us know. We will perform a through diagnosis to help you find the best solution for your oral health concern.

Possible Treatment Options

When patients see us for bruxism solutions, we may adjust the smile’s alignment with orthodontics, or place a custom-made restoration to correct the bite. However, in most cases we recommend an oral appliance. The device will look and fit much like a nightguard and will be worn as you sleep. However, the device actually repositions the jaw to ease tension, while also providing a preventive barrier between the lower and upper sets of teeth, preventing further damage during the treatment process. If you would like to learn more about our convenient and non-invasive treatment options, then contact our team today. We want to help restore the health and comfort of your smile. We also have cosmetic and restorative procedures to correct any damage teeth grinding may have caused, such as cracked or chipped teeth.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT BRUXISM?

Don’t let teeth grinding hurt your smile, give our team a call to discuss possible solutions. For more information on our preventive treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.