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Consistent grinding and clenching, otherwise known as bruxism, can damage your teeth and leave them at risk for infection and decay. Left untreated, wear and tear can cause alignment problems with your bite and place serious strain on the joint of your jaw. This means that a nightly grinding habit threatens both the appearance of your smile and your oral health as well.

Your Newport Beach, CA dentist wants to help you prevent injuries to your teeth and repair damage you have already incurred. When you visit our practice, we can examine the status of your teeth and provide a therapy to end your grinding habit. By wearing an oral guard while you sleep, you separate each row of teeth from touching one another. Your guard relieves the tension of the force of your bite to provide comfort for your jaw.

The Causes Of Grinding Your Teeth

When you grind and clench your teeth while you sleep, the causes may vary. A common factor is a high amount of stress throughout your life as well as physical changes in your bite. An unaligned bite can strain your jaw joints and cause you to clench at night. Losing a tooth, physical trauma or problems with the actual growth of your jawbone can cause the habit as well. If bruxism causes you pain, let us know right away. We will examine your situation to provide appropriate treatment and relieve your symptoms at once.

Wearing An Oral Guard While You Sleep

Left untreated, your bruxism habit will continue to wear your teeth and cause further oral health issues. By discussing your problem with us, we can design a custom-fit oral guard that matches the specific shape of your teeth. Made from BPA-free materials, your oral guard keeps your teeth safe from grinding when worn on a persistent basis.

Repairing The Damage Of Bruxism

When your bruxism habit damages your teeth, we can offer cosmetic treatments to return the beauty of your smile. A ceramic crown can cap the entirety of your tooth above the gum line and blend in naturally with the rest of your smile. Porcelain veneers offer versatile coverage for multiple issues with damaged teeth as well. With minimal alteration to your tooth’s surface, we can place a veneer over your tooth to fix issues such as chips and discoloration and return height to their worn-down surface.

Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA, Dentist About Treating Damage From Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding your teeth while you sleep can wear them down and cause significant damage. By wearing an oral guard, you put an end to this nightly occurrence. To find out more about our treatment for bruxism and other issues with your oral health, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to discuss care today.