When you grind your teeth, this could eventually damage your smile and cause long-term problems for your oral health. Known as bruxism, this could be treated without relying on surgery or invasive options. Instead, your Garland, TX, dentist can put a stop to your teeth grinding and clenching with a comfortable oral appliance.
The Causes of Bruxism
Why do we grind your teeth? For many, this could happen occasionally due to stress. For others, the cause could be injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, misalignment, and other issues related to the balance of your bite. For example, untreated TMJ disorder is often a factor too. As part of your exam, our team will identify the factors behind your teeth grinding, which helps us choose the best treatment option. Every smile is different, which is why we offer a detailed exam and customized solutions.
Potential Damage and Infection
The constant strain and pressure on your teeth will wear down the outer enamel, and could also crack or chip a tooth. The damage then exposes the inner tooth structure and allows issues like tooth decay and dental infection develops, which further harms your oral health and leads to an increased risk of tooth loss. This could also create negative changes to the appearance of your smile too. Treatment helps prevent these complications, so you continue to enjoy a whole, healthy, and attractive smile.
Treating Your Bruxism
First, we will examine your smile with advanced digital technology, which helps us understand the factors behind your bruxism. Treatment options could vary. For example, we could use orthodontics to correct misalignment and ease pressure on your smile. Placing custom dental crowns could also help by restoring the balance of your bite.
But the most common treatment option is an oral appliance. This custom-fitted device looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The appliance then repositions the jaw to ease strain and prevent further grinding. The device also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage too. If a tooth is cracked or chipped, we could offer lifelike repair in one visit with dental bonding. We also have lifelike crowns to repair the smile and improve overall esthetics.
If you have any questions about how we treat teeth grinding, or about providing a lifelike repair, then contact our team today to learn more.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TEETH GRINDING TREATMENT
To learn more about how we put a stop to bruxism then schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044. We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid further discomfort.