How Does Teeth Grinding Impact My Smile?

teeth grinding symptomsDo you often grind your teeth at night? Many people are unaware they do, but may experience headaches and jaw pain during the day. Without treatment, chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, could lead to major negative impacts on your overall oral health. Fortunately, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist has a solution.

The Damage of Teeth Grinding

You may not know you have a problem until a significant other lets you know you grind your teeth at night. However, there are a few symptoms that occur during waking hours to watch for. You may experience headaches and migraines, pain in the face, jaw, and neck, and toothaches and tooth sensitivity. You should also attend routine six-month checkups, as we will notice any wear or friction on your teeth and help diagnose and treat the issue in the early stages, preferably before your smile becomes damaged.

The pressure of grinding and clenching your teeth could cause them to crack or chip, and may wear down structure so your teeth look short. The damage and worn enamel then exposes the inner dentin to bacteria, allowing harmful cavities to form and increasing the risk of a serious infection or abscess!

The Causes of Bruxism

A number of factors may lead to the onset of bruxism, and we need to identify those factors before we recommend treatment. We’ve found the issue is often linked to high levels of stress in your day-to-day life. Other factors could include untreated TMJ disorder, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, tooth loss, or an injury to the face or jaw. The treatment we prescribe will depend on what is causing you to grind and clench your teeth!

Offering Treatment

For some, we could help by placing custom crowns to restore bite balance. Others may need orthodontic care to reposition the teeth and correct misalignment. However, we usually prescribe a simple oral appliance that is worn as you sleep. The device is custom-made based on impressions and measurements we take of your smile, and fits like a mouthguard. The device eases tension and pressure on your jaw joints, and also helps protect your smile from further damage by placing a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have damaged teeth, then we can often repair them in one visit with dental bonding, or we may place a crown.

Do You Have Questions About Managing Bruxism?

Our team offers a preventive approach to treating and managing serious issues, including chronic teeth grinding. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.