When you have bruxism, this means you grind and clench your teeth frequently. Over time, this pressure causes damaged teeth and major complications, like decay or even infection. Fortunately, your Garland, TX, dentist can provide relief with treatment, such as a custom restoration or even a custom-made oral appliance.
The Dangers of Your Untreated Teeth Grinding
When you suffer from bruxism, this could place serious pressure on your teeth. The pressure begins to wear down tooth structure, and could even crack or chip. Your teeth appear smaller than usual, and this could also expose sensitive inner structure to increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. Don’t let this common oral health issue impact the stability and health of your smile! We have treatment options to help restore function, beauty, and health.
Causes and Symptoms
The disorder could be caused by issues that alter the balance of your bite and train your jaw joints, such as untreated TMJ disorder, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, or even malocclusion and misalignment. High levels of stress in your daily life could be a factor as well! Symptoms include headaches and migraines, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and pain in the jaw and face. If you encounter one or more of these symptoms, then please let us know right away. In the meantime, try to avoid hard or chewy foods, as consuming them could exacerbate symptoms, and use a warm compress, such as a damp washcloth, to the side of the face to ease tension.
Treating Your Bruxism
When you arrive, we will examine the wear and friction on your smile and also examine your jaw joints, oral structures, and other factors. For some, treatment could include orthodontics to correct the alignment of the smile, while others could benefit from crown placement to help correct balance. We could also replace missing teeth with a prosthetic, such as a bridge or dental implant, to restore overall balance and health.
But for most, we take detailed digital images to design and create an oral appliance. The device will be worn as you sleep and fit like a mouthguard. The appliance then repositions the jaw to ease strain, and also acts as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to stop further damage. If you have any damage, we have bonding and crowns to repair them! If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like bruxism, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
If you grind or clench your teeth on a regular basis, then please 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.