Almost all of us grind or clench our teeth occasionally. But excessive grinding, or bruxism, can lead to painful jaw and dental problems.
Many people grind their teeth when sleeping, leading to sore and tired facial muscles, jaw joint disorders, worn down tooth enamel, and damaged dental restorations. We still don’t know what causes bruxism, but most researchers believe that both emotional and physical factors are involved. Stress is at the top of the list.
To help relieve stress, cut down on caffeine, and generally try to ease up on yourself.
Bruxism can cause serious cosmetic problems for your smile and your general well being. We can help you in a variety of ways. We can design a customized plastic mouth appliance that interrupts grinding and protects the teeth. For the wear damage, we can fuse veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth. For extensive wear, we can crown your teeth.
If you think you suffer from bruxism, come see us. We’ll diagnose and assist with a customized treatment to protect your smile. Contact us today.