When you grind or clench your teeth on a nightly basis, this could lead to painful aches in and around your head and smile. You also risk damage to your teeth, which leaves them vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. Fortunately, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist can offer treatment with a custom night guard.
The Causes of Bruxism
Bruxism is a disorder in which we grind and clench our teeth on a nightly basis. The disorder could be bright on by high stress levels, or possibly changes to your bite balance. These changes to your smile’s balance could be due to missing teeth, misalignment, injury, or even complications with the growth of the jaw or the eruption of the teeth. Treatment is crucial because the persistent pressure could actually damage your teeth and leave your smile vulnerable to serious complications!
Warning Signs and Potential Dangers
If you have a significant other, they may let you know that you grind your teeth at night. Otherwise, you need to watch for symptoms that arise in the daytime, such as headaches, jaw and facial pain, neck and shoulder aches, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches. When you experience these symptoms, let us know right away. Our team will offer treatment before your smile’s health suffers. Otherwise, your teeth could be worn down, changing the appearance of your smile and exposing sensitive inner tissues to harmful oral bacteria, which in turn leads to cavities and even infection, possibly treating the stability of your smile.
For some, treatment could include orthodontics to correct misalignment, or custom restoration or prosthetic to improve bite balance and fill gaps in the smile. But the most common solution is a night guard, one we custom-make to fit comfortably and offer treatment with precision. The device is worn as you sleep and actually shifts your jaw toea pressure and strain. The device puts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth too, which helps prevent further damage to the smile. If you have broken or chipped teeth, our team could repair them in one visit with dental bonding, or possibly place a crown to correct the damage and restore the health, function, and even the beauty of your smile.
If you have any questions about bruxism, then contact our team today to learn more about our treatment options.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Treating Bruxism
We want to make sure you avoid painful symptoms and the risk of damaged teeth, which is why we offer night guards to treat bruxism. To find out more about improving the balance and health of your smile, or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.