If you keep grinding your teeth at night, you can eventually wake up to more than just a sore or stiff jaw. People with unresolved problems with nightly or habitual teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can do serious damage to their teeth. If you find that your issues with bruxism have left you with an injured tooth, our Katy, TX dental office is ready to help. In fact, we can bring you in on short notice and provide emergency dental work to restore the health of teeth that have been chipped, damaged, or broken. We can also talk to you about protecting your smile against your teeth grinding issues, and about addressing related issues with TMJ disorder.
We Can Promptly Address Problems With Chipped Or Cracked Teeth
If you chip or crack a tooth, you should treat the problem as a serious one and seek care promptly. If you contact our practice and let us know what trouble your smile is in, we can make your care a priority and minimize any delays in your care. When you arrive, your dentist will examine your damaged tooth, or damaged teeth, to see how we can make sure that the matter is properly addressed. For serious damage, we may need to cap teeth with dental crowns, though we can also look at the possibility of restoring teeth through cosmetic dental work.
How Untreated TMJ Problems Lead To Bruxism
Untreated problems with TMJ disorder can lead to teeth grinding as well as other unwelcome issues. The longer you go without treatment for this disorder, the more likely you are to experience complications that have a negative impact on your quality of life. Poor jaw alignment and movement can lead to issues with jaw pain, stiff or limited movement, troubles with headaches, and bruxism. Through oral appliance therapy, we are often able to help patients address pain and stiffness and reduce their overall issues with their TMJ health.
Other Situations That Can Call Emergency Dental Work
We can provide emergency dental services under many circumstances. In addition to taking on problems with chipping and cracking from bruxism, we can bring you in and provide treatment after physical trauma affects your dental health. We can also make sure that you are cared for if you have issues with serious tooth pain that are not related to an injury that you can identify.
Your Katy, TX Dentist Can Help After You Experience A Dental Injury
At our Katy, TX dental office, patients who injure their teeth can count on us to provide support on short notice. If your issues with bruxism lead to a chipped or cracked tooth, or if you have any other issues that lead to the need for urgent care, we are ready to take care of your oral health and smile concerns. To find out more, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849!