When you sleep at night, you may not even realize that you grind your teeth unless your partner hears it and complains of the noise. However, if it’s left untreated long enough, the consequences of bruxism can become undeniable and one of the biggest threats to your oral health. Bruxism describes the consistent and unconscious grinding of your teeth, and for most patients with it, the grinding occurs most often at night. Fortunately, your dentist can help you avoid the more serious consequences of bruxism by detecting signs of it early and recommending appropriate treatment.
What Bruxism Really Does
It may seem obvious that the more you grind your teeth together, the faster they’ll wear down. However, excessive wear and damage are only the beginning of what bruxism does to your smile. Over time, the wearing down of your teeth’s chewing surfaces can disrupt your bite’s balance, leading to a dysfunction in your jaw’s joints (known as TMJ disorder). The more damage your teeth sustain, the more likely they’ll be to develop tooth decay or require extraction.
Treating Bruxism Successfully
To help you stop grinding your teeth together at night, your dentist may recommend a custom-designed bruxism appliance. The appliance, or guard, fits comfortably over your teeth, stopping them from rubbing together as while you sleep. If your teeth are already worn or damaged because of the grinding, then your dentist can also design a custom restoration to repair your teeth and restore your bite’s balance. With proper care and maintenance, you can rebuild your smile as well as prevent further damage by alleviating bruxism.
Recover from Bruxism with Customized Treatment
Bruxism can have long-standing consequences for your smile, but you can recover from them with customized, professional treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Pure Smile Dental in Plano, TX today at 972-517-1297.