A nightly teeth grinding habit, also known as bruxism, can be harmful to the way you look, it can put an excessive amount of stress on your jaw, and it can lead to serious dental damage. If you have been ignoring the signs of teeth grinding, you may have noticed how wear and tear has started to affect the look of your teeth. People who put off action to address the matter for too long can wind up with serious chips and cracks in teeth! Your Katy, TX dentist’s office can provide you with a special appliance to stop teeth grinding from taking place at night. In addition to this service, we can also talk to you about the appropriate restorative dental treatment to address harm caused by this habit.
Teeth Grinding Issues Can Grow More Serious Over Time
If you try to simply ignore the signs that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, you can allow the problem to steadily worsen. If this takes place, it can lead to pain, unsightly smile problems, and even serious issues with your oral health. This is because you can put tremendous force on your teeth while you grind them. As time passes, that pressure can wear down your enamel, and even lead to cracks and chips.
Using A Special Appliance To Keep Your Teeth Protected Over Time
A custom appliance you wear at night can spare your teeth the damage caused by teeth grinding. Your dentist can provide a guard that is customized to fit, so it stays securely in place. A special appliance can also be provided for any related issues with TMJ dysfunction, which can cause persistent discomfort throughout your day.
Do You Need Dental Work To Restore Damaged Teeth?
If your teeth are already showing the signs of teeth grinding, you can be understandably eager to learn how your dentist can help you. Your smile issues may be cosmetic only, meaning your teeth have not suffered a degree of harm that might impact their health. Placing porcelain veneers on worn teeth can make them look younger and healthier, which improves your overall smile. If there are signs of damage that are more serious, dental crowns can be used to protect the teeth. This will allow you to bite and chew comfortably, and avoid further damage.
Lathrop Dental Center Can Help You Address Teeth Grinding
If a problem with teeth grinding goes untreated over time, it can lead to serious consequences for your smile. Lathrop Dental Center is ready to help you tackle problems with your oral health and smile created by this issue. In addition to providing a custom appliance to protect your teeth, we can discuss any needed work to address dental damage you have suffered. To find out more, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.