When you grind your teeth together, the friction and pressure can slowly wear away at their protective outer layer of enamel. If you do it consistently – a condition known as bruxism – then the wear and tear can eventually leave your teeth vulnerable to damage and infection. They can become more prone to cavity development, and their structures could become chipped, cracked, or even broken. Bruxism treatment can help you stop grinding your teeth, and if necessary, restore the damage done to them.
How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Patients who exhibit bruxism often grind their teeth at night, and therefore could be unaware that bruxism is present. During an initial consultation and examination, Dr. Nadella will carefully check for signs that could indicate grinding, such as excessively worn teeth, especially-thin tooth enamel, chipped edges, slight misalignment, and more.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, then the solution may be a custom-designed mouthguard that you can wear at night, protecting your teeth from grinding against each other. If there is an underlying issue, such as crooked teeth that make your bite sit uncomfortably, then you may require orthodontic or other treatment to help stop bruxism.
If one or more of your teeth are damaged, then you may also want to consider an appropriate cosmetic or restorative dental treatment to repair them. For instance, a dental crown can be placed over a worn or damaged tooth to restore the tooth’s original shape, thereby restoring your bite’s balance and function.
Ask Us About Bruxism Treatment
To find out if you can benefit from bruxism treatment, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We’re open every Sunday by appointment only, and we proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Dallas, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.