Can Bruxism Treatment Save Your Smile?
Bruxism is the clinical term for consistently and unconsciously grinding your teeth, usually during sleep. Depending on its severity, the condition can eventually lead to a host of dental issues, from excessively worn teeth, to increasing tooth sensitivity and potential damage. If we notice signs of teeth-grinding during your routine examination, then we will recommend an appropriate bruxism treatment to prevent more serious issues from developing.
Defining and Identifying Bruxism
The simple act of grinding or clenching your teeth together isn’t necessarily a hazard to your dental health. However, by its definition, bruxism is involuntary, and you may not notice that you grind your teeth often enough for it to be a problem. When you do it consistently, the friction and pressure can cause undue wear on your teeth’s surfaces, making them weak and potentially throwing your bite off balance. If not treated, teeth-grinding can also lead to;
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
- And in some cases, TMJ disorder
If you catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day, or experience increasing teeth sensitivity, then we can perform an examination and prescribe appropriate bruxism treatment, if necessary.
Common Treatments for Bruxism
Because bruxism most-often occurs at night, bruxism treatment often involves a custom-designed oral appliance, or sleepguard, that protects your teeth from each other while you sleep. The sleepguard is similar to a mouthguard worn when playing sports, and will help your jaws relax as well as buffer your teeth from grinding against each other. If your bruxism is caused by an underlying condition, like a jaw disorder, then we might suggest a procedure to restore your bite’s balance, like TMJ treatment.