Grinding your teeth can be an annoying habit. While you may sleep through it, your significant other must endure the loud, grating noises. However, bruxism does more than annoy the person in bed next to you. Without treatment, this disorder can have a negative impact on your oral health. How do we treat bruxism? What dangers can develop without addressing teeth grinding?
Try Our Quiz on Treating Bruxism
- True or False: Bruxism can damage teeth.
- True or False: Headaches and jaw pain are often warning signs.
- True or False: There’s a difference between oral splints and mouthguards.
- True or False: We can offer other treatment options as well.
- True. Without treatment, regular teeth grinding can place enormous pressure on the teeth, eventually wearing down enamel (which can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and infection) or even cracking and chipping the teeth.
- True. Most people grind their teeth at night, so unless they recognize the warning signs during the day they won’t know to see the dentist. Common daytime symptoms of teeth grinding include soreness in the face or jaw, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, and headaches. If think these warning signs sound familiar, then please give our team a call.
- True. We have two different options for addressing the problem with an appliance. A mouthguard prevents damage from grinding my placing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. An oral splint actually repositions the jaw to ease strain in the jaw joints and stop grinding episodes. Both options are worn at night while you sleep. We will look at the cause and severity of your teeth grinding before we decide which option is right for you.
- True. Treating teeth grinding can also mean using orthodontics to correct misalignment or placing a restoration, such as a dental crown, to address malocclusion. If you have any questions about identifying or treating grinding and clenching, then please contact our office today.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
If you suffer from bruxism, we can help address the issue and protect your smile. Contact us at our local Fort Worth, TX office at 817-405-2001.