Did you know that teeth grinding could lead to uncomfortable symptoms and even damage your teeth? Chronic teeth grinding, known as bruxism, is a serious disorder and one often linked to jaw joint disorders like TMD. Fortunately, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist can offer relief with a custom-made oral appliance.
The Dangers of Bruxism
What makes bruxism such a serious oral health concern? Well, when we grind or clench our teeth on a nightly basis, this places enormous pressure on the teeth. Over time, this pressure could crack or chip a tooth, and may even wear down outer structure. The damage then exposes the inner layers of dentin, increasing the risk of tooth decay and infection and leading to sensitive teeth and aches. If your significant other lets you know that grind your teeth at night, then please let us know!
When to Seek Treatment
If you don’t have a significant other alerting you, then you should be aware of other common warning signs. For example, headaches, migraines, jaw pain, and aches in the face and neck are often reported, as are sensitive teeth or aches that pass after a few hours. If you encounter one or more of these potential warning signs, then let us know right away. We will carefully examine your smile with digital technology, obtaining detailed images to diagnose the tell-tale signs of wear and friction. From there, we can discuss the best course of treatment. With dental bonding and crowns, we can also repair any damage that has occurred.
Our Custom Appliances
Using the detailed images and impressions we take, our team will design and craft an oral appliance to wear as you sleep at night. The device is custom-made for a comfortable fit, and offers treatment with accuracy and precision. The appliance actually acts as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, prevent further damage. The appliance then helps reposition the jaw to ease strain and pressure, major factors behind issues like bruxism. If you have any questions about addressing issues like bruxism, or if you would like to schedule a visit to see us, then contact our team today. We could see you this week if there are open appointment times, or we could schedule the first visit of 2021 to start you on the road toward a healthier smile!
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Treatments?
Our team knows how to design and craft appliances that fit comfortably and improve the balance of your smile. 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.