Bruxism, or constant teeth-grinding, is one of the most potentially destructive habits. Patients may find their teeth sore and sensitive only to realize that they’re grinding them together without realizing it. Or, you may never realize that you grind your teeth more than usual because it happens most persistently while you sleep at night. In any cases, the reason why you grind your teeth so often is likely because of an underlying issue with your bite’s function, such as tooth or jaw misalignment. Fortunately, if you don’t notice that you grind your teeth too much, your dentist will be able to tell if you stick to a routine schedule of dental checkup appointments.
How Your Dentist Can Tell
While you may not notice that you grind your teeth constantly, your dentist can determine if you have bruxism by carefully inspecting your teeth during your routine dental checkup appointment. During this examination, your dentist may notice excessive wear or chipped edges on one or more of your teeth’s chewing surfaces. He might also notice an imbalance in how your teeth meet each other that wasn’t present during previous visits, indicating a change in the size, shape, and/or alignment of your teeth.
What to Do About Bruxism
If your condition is detected early, then your dentist may be able to help you avoid significant damage to your teeth with a custom-designed oral appliance. The appliance, or sleep guard, is similar to a sports mouthguard, but smaller, more comfortable, and made specifically for sleeping. The guard protects your teeth from grinding against each other at night, preventing your teeth from wearing down or becoming damaged.
Find Out if You Have Bruxism and How to Treat It
If you grind your teeth often enough to take notice, or if your dentist notices signs of bruxism during your routine checkup, then you should address the condition before the pressure destroys your teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the 7 Day Dental office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.