Every day, a person’s smile faces threats from oral bacteria, wear and tear from eating, and damage from acidic foods and drinks. With that said, you can maintain your dental health and appearance by practicing good oral hygiene habits, and making smart choices in your typical day. However, it can become more difficult to protect yourself from dental damage when you have untreated problems with bruxism! Bruxism is a term used for people who struggle with teeth grinding, particularly while they sleep. If you continue to clench your jaw while you rest, the pressure and friction placed on your teeth can lead to significant harm, and may result in cosmetic and oral health problems! In addition to helping you deal with these matters, our Dallas, TX dental practice can provide you with protection for bruxism.
Nightly Teeth Grinding Can Have A Negative Effect On Your Smile
If you continue to grind your teeth while you sleep, the continued friction can have a damaging effect on your enamel that can hurt the way you look, and potentially lead to dental trauma. The average person can generate significant force when they bite down. Continuing to put so much pressure on your teeth while you sleep can hurt them, and it can create significant stress on your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to chronic facial discomfort and headaches.
Stopping Bruxism With A Custom Appliance
A custom appliance designed at our practice can effectively solve your problems with bruxism. When you wear it, this appliance can gently keep your teeth apart through the night, so you are not grinding with them. This can also help relax your jaw, so you are not feeling the unwelcome effects of pressure that leads to TMJ dysfunction.
Should You Consider Dental Work To Address Wear And Tear From Bruxism?
We can recommend an appropriate treatment for bruxism, depending on the severity of your damage. If the pressure from grinding has been serious enough to chip or crack certain teeth, it may be necessary to provide support in the form of dental crowns. However, it is possible for your dentist to recognize the signs of wear and tear during a dental exam, before serious harm has occurred. If you act in time, you can restore your appearance through cosmetic dental work.
Talk To Columbia Dental And Orthodontics About Your Bruxism Concerns
If you are concerned about possible troubles with bruxism, talk to our Dallas, TX dental practice about receiving a custom appliance! This appliance can be comfortably worn at night in order to stop you from damaging your smile. We are also ready to help you by offering different restorative and cosmetic procedures. To find out more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder by calling Columbia Dental & Orthodontics at (214) 827-8000.