Frequently waking up with sore teeth, or a stiff jaw, should be treated like a real concern. This uncomfortable experience can be a consequence of bruxism, a term that refers to a habit of teeth grinding. Because people with problem often grind their teeth at night, they can be unable to stop themselves, even as the pressure from their clenching does real damage to their teeth! If you have already noticed a change in your appearance because of accumulated wear and tear, your Dallas, TX dentist’s office can help you. After assessing the damage, we can recommend the appropriate solution to your smile woes. Our practice can also offer you a custom appliance that protects your teeth while you sleep.

You Can Feel The Effects Of Teeth Grinding When You Wake Up

Because you are grinding your teeth at night, you can be unaware that the problem is happening while it happens. However, you can certainly feel its effects when you wake up. Dental sensitivity and pain can result after a night of clenching your teeth. You can also feel pain in your face and jaw. Because bruxism and TMJ issues are often linked, you may have pain and limited jaw function during the day.

Planning The Appropriate Response To Dental Damage

Is the dental damage done by bruxism something you should address with cosmetic dental work, or through restorative dental care? The answer varies, because different people arrive with different smile care needs. If your appearance is negatively affected by wear and tear, but your teeth are still healthy, your dentist may suggest using porcelain veneers to cover the problem. Veneers only cover the front of your teeth, so most of your healthy tooth structure is not affected by their placement. If the damage does pose a problem for your oral health, you may require dental crowns.

Keep Up With Your Oral Health Needs By Scheduling Routine Exams

At routine dental exams, your dentist can bring up concerns during a standard review that need to be addressed. That can include problems with dental damage, which can be a warning that you are grinding your teeth. When these exams happen regularly, your dentist is able to keep up with changes to your smile, and let you know when changes suggest that something may be wrong.

Talk To Columbia Dental And Orthodontics About Addressing Problems With Teeth Grinding

Columbia Dental And Orthodontics is ready to help you take on problems associated with teeth grinding. When this problem is fully treated, your smile can be protected from damage, and you can better protect your healthy teeth! To learn more, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder by calling Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000.