PREVENTIVE AND RESTORATIVE TREATMENT FOR BRUXISM
Not all of the threats to your dental health originate with oral bacteria. In some instances, your teeth can threaten each other, particularly in the case of bruxism. When you grind your teeth consistently, the excess friction and pressure can eventually wear down your teeth, damage their structures, disturb the balance of your bite, and lead to a host of other dental issues, if not treated. Since many people with bruxism tend to grind their teeth at night, in their sleep, you may not realize you have the condition until we identify the signs during your dental checkup and cleaning appointment.
The Consequences of Bruxism
Your teeth are meant to withstand incredible amounts of pressure. After all, your bite can generate up to 200 pounds of pressure or more on your back teeth. When there is nothing between them, like food, the act of grinding and clenching your teeth can slowly destroy your tooth structure, leading to;
- An increase in tooth sensitivity/toothaches
- An increased risk of TMJ disorder (damaged jaw joints due to excessive stress)
- Structural tooth damage, such as cracks and fractures
- Excessive wear and tear on your teeth’s chewing surfaces
- Increased risk of tooth decay and cavities
How to Treat Teeth-Grinding
In many cases, treating bruxism requires identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the condition, like correcting crooked teeth with Invisalign® treatment or undergoing stress-relief therapy. We can also recommend a custom-made dental appliance, or mouthguard, to protect your teeth from grinding together as you sleep at night. If one or more of your teeth have already suffered damage, then your treatment may also include restorative treatment, such as capping a damaged tooth with a dental crown.
Stop Teeth-Grinding with Help from Your Dentist
If you suffer from bruxism, then grinding your teeth isn’t just a habit; it’s a destructive symptom that you should treat as soon as possible. Learn how customized bruxism treatment can help you stop by calling our dental office in Butler, PA today at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.