The simple act of grinding your teeth isn’t necessarily destructive. After all, your teeth are the strongest and most resilient parts of your body. However, constantly grinding your teeth, a condition known as bruxism, can lead to a host of problematic issues and the need for extensive dental restoration. If you grind your teeth, then you can know if you have bruxism by scheduling an examination with your dentist.
How do I know if I have bruxism?
The most common sign of bruxism is the unconscious tendency to grind your teeth; however, may people with bruxism grind their teeth most often at night, while they sleep. This makes it difficult for patients to detect the condition on their own. Your dentist can check for signs of damage or excessive wear to your teeth, as well as bite imbalances (such as crooked teeth) that could be causing your bruxism.
What happens if it continues?
If left unchecked, the consistent pressure of grinding your teeth together can lead to serious damage to your natural tooth structure. Chips, cracks, fractures, and breaks need to be restored, often with a dental crown, to prevent further damage. But if you continue to grind your teeth, then your restoration may be in danger, as well.
Can my dentist help me stop grinding my teeth?
The good news is that your dentist can help you stop grinding your teeth with an appropriate treatment; typically, a custom-designed oral appliance (or nightguard) that fits comfortably over your teeth while you sleep. The nightguard stops your teeth from aggressively rubbing against each other, preventing the damage that bruxism can cause to your teeth and smile.
Find Out How to Stop Teeth-Grinding
If you grind your teeth too much, especially in your sleep, the ask your dentist if a custom nightguard can help you stop. Schedule a visit by calling our dental office in Sunnyvale, CA at (408) 720-0900, or toll free at (877) 9-DENTAL.